Richard Henry Anstee (b 1889)

by Gary. M. Ansteychief researcher of the Anstey story project.

Richard Henry Anstee, a member of the Barnet Anstees, was born in q4 1889 in Manchester, baptised 8 January 1890 at New Cross, St Paul, Manchester, to parents Henry Anstee and Amelia Briggs. He grew up in Stretford, Manchester and he was a milk surveyor living at 15 Peymour Grove, Old Trafford, Stretford with his parents in the 1911 Census.

Richard volunteered for service at the outset of World War One, on 7 November 1914 in Manchester – on his Attestation Form he noted that he was a milkman and gave his mother (address 10 Talbot Road Old Trafford) as his next of kin.

On 17 November 1914 he was posted to the Depot of the 14th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment (Service Number: 13615) however a few weeks later on 8 December 1914 he was discharged as “not being likely to become an efficient soldier“. During those weeks he had spent 4 days in hospital with ‘syncope’ and was described as a “weakly and degenerate man, sheds tears on slightest remark, has fainted several times on parade“.

As far as we know, this was the extent of his service during the conflict – anybody who can elaborate please contact us at

On 14 December 1920 Richard married Annie Elizabeth Tate at Sheffield, St Silas, Broomhall Street – we find no children of this marriage. By the 1921 Census they were living in Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire and then we lose track of him until Richard’s death in 1960 in Manchester, buried 18 October 1960 at Southern Cemetery Chorlton-Cum-Hardy plot reference ‘NNon Conformist 2204‘ (the same cemetery as his mother).

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