Harold James Anstee, a member of Majorca, Victoria Anstees of Australia, was born in 1899 in Rutherglen to parents Alfred George Kirk Anstee and Annie Eliza Hyatt. He was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Bertram Edward Anstee.
Due to his age, Harold did not sign up for active service during World War One until 11 November 1918, which coincidentally was the same day that Germany formally surrendered. As such, Harold was never called up for duty, and he was demobilised a month later on 20 December 1918.
On his Australian Imperial Force Attestation Form, completed in Melbourne, Harold noted that in November 1918 he was an unmarried grocer, living with his parents at Parnell Street, Gardenvale, a suburb south of Melbourne in Victoria. Again due to his age, Harold needed his parents’ consent to sign up, which was granted – he was also declared “fit for active service“.
Harold continued to be a grocer for much of his adult life. Then in 1927 he married Mary Agnes Benjamin in Victoria – we are not aware of any children of this marriage.
In ‘The Argus (Melbourne)‘ newspaper on 21 May 1943 the following appears “NOTICE is hereby given, that the PARTNERSHIP between James Luigi Perini and Harold James Anstee, carrying on business as grocers under the style of ‘Perini & Anstey’ at 236a Glen Elm Road Elsternwick, and 312 Glen Huntly Road. Elsternwick, has been DISSOLVED as from the 1st day of May 1943; and notice is further given that the said James Luigi Perini will henceforth carry on the said business at 312 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick, under the same name, and all debts owing by, and all moneys payable to, the said firm will be respectively paid and received by the said Janies Luigi Perini at the said address. Dated this 19th day of May, 1943. J. L.PERINI, H. J. ANSTEE. Witness to the above signatures: F. J. Orames. F. J. Orames, solicitor. 84-88 William St.. Melbourne“
Harold died in 1978. He was buried at Springvale Botanical Cemetery in Melbourne, Greater Dandenong City, where there is a gravestone with inscription “In Loving Memory Harold J. Anstee 27 July 1978 aged 79 years“
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