Reginald Cook Anstee, a member of the Chewton Mendip Ansteys, was born in 1893 in Bath to parents George Sage Anstee and Emma Cook. He grew up living at 10 Angel Place, Bath, Somerset and by the 1911 Census he was a house carpenter living at Tunley Road, Dunkerton with his widowed mother.
In late 1915 Reginald married Edith May Weaver in Birmingham – we are not aware of any children of this marriage. Presumably soon after this Reginald signed up for active service during World War One; unfortunately we know very little of his war story because we can find almost none of his documentation. What we do know is that he enlisted at Bath, probably in 1916, and he was living at Peasedown, St John, Somerset at that time. He served with the:
- Middlesex Regiment (Service Number: 238062) as a Private;
- Royal Engineers (Service Number: T/1714) as a Private; and
- Royal Engineers (Service Number: 504499) as a Sapper
We also know that Reginald was a Sapper with the 154th Field Company of the Royal Engineers when he was “killed in action” in Northern France on 6 October 1918 and that he “died of wounds“. He is buried/commemorated in the Grevillers British Cemetery in France, plot reference ‘XVI. C. 10‘.
Finally, we know that for his services Reginald was posthumously awarded the Victory and British War medals.
The 154th Field Company of the Royal Engineers were attached to the 37th Division, as such in late 1918 they would have fought in the following battles in Northern France:
- Battle of Albert: 21 – 23 August 1918
- Battle of Bapaume: 31 August – 3 September 1918
- Battle of Havrincourt: 12 September 1918
- Battle of Canal Du Nord: 27 September – 1 October 1918
It is highly likely therefore that Reginald was seriously wounded in the Battle of Canal Du Nord, dying of his wounds a few days later – however we seek formal verification of this.
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