Robert Ernest Anstee, a member of the Ivinghoe Anstees, was born on 22 August 1894 in Kempston, Bedford to parents Edward Charles Anstee and Emma Elizabeth Clarke. He grew up living at 115 Bunyan Road, Kempston and by the 1911 Census he was a “fitter” living at 12 King Street, Kempston with his family.
Robert was called up for service towards the end of World War One, on 23 April 1918 with the Royal Navy (Service Number: M30883). At this time he was a “fitter and turner” by trade and placed as rank “Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class“. Per his Service Record, Robert served on ships:
- ‘Pembroke (II)‘ from 23 April 1918 to 17 November 1918; and
- ‘Inflexible‘ from 18 November 1918 to 7 March 1919;
He was granted shore demobilisation on 7 March 1919 and deemed eligible for the ‘War Gratuity’ – his “medal entitlement was issued to the man directly“.
After the war, Robert married Constance Hilda King in 1920 in Bedford, having children in Bedford James Anstee (b 1921); Betty Anstee (b 1924); and Hazel Anstee (b 1928).
At the time of the 1939 Register the family was living at 62 Spring Road, Kempston. Robert died in 1974, still living at 62 Spring Road, Kempston.
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