Samuel Anstee (b 1876)

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

Samuel Anstee, a member of the Swanbourne Ansteys, was born in 1876 in Dorking to parents Harold Anstee and Mary Ann Chantrill – he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Joseph Frederick Anstee. By 1891 the family had moved to Whiteleaf, Bridge Street, Leatherhead and in 1901 he was a journeyman baker living with his parents at Bridge Street, Leatherhead.

Samuel married May Smith on 1 April 1907 at St Mary and Nicholas Church, Leatherhead – at the time of his marriage he was a fishmongers assistant. They had children in Leatherhead Ruth Olive Alice Mary Anstee (b 1910) and Lionel Frederick Walter Clare Anstee (b 1915). In the 1911 Census Samuel was a fishmonger living with his family at Diamond Cottages, Fairfield Road, Leatherhead.

We know bits and pieces of Samuel’s World War One story, despite not being able to find his Service or Medical Records. He signed up for service in around October 1916, joining the 1st Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment as a Private (Service Number: 240646) – he then embarked for the Western Front near Ypres in June or July 1917. In early October 1917 he was wounded in action, very likely fighting in the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October 1917 near Ypres in Belgium.

Details of this injury are “1 [Battalion] Bedford 5 [Regiment?] 240646 Private Anstee S [aged] 41 1 [years service] 3 [months in the field] [received] a SW [stab wound or shrapnel wound] to the hand“. He was transferred to No 11 Casualty Clearing Station (probably in Godewaersvelde, Northern France) on 8 October 1917 and then to ‘15 AT‘ [Ambulance Train?] on 9 October 1917.

Samuel’s injury was confirmed in the ‘War Office Daily List No. 5414‘ issued 12 November 1917, where it noted “S. Anstee Private 240646 Bedfordshire Regiment (Leatherhead)” was wounded and entitled to wear a Wound Stripe.

For his services Samuel was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

By the 1921 Census the family were back living in Leatherhead. The ‘Surrey Advertiser‘ on 2 April 1932 reported “MR. W. T. COMPTON AND MISS RUTH ANSTEE: Miss Ruth Olive Alice Mary Anstee, only daughter of of Mr. and Mrs S. Anstee, of 6 Fairfield-road Leatherhead, was married at the Parish Church on Monday—the Silver Wedding anniversary of her parents – to Mr William Thomas Compton of 8 Cleeve Road Leatherhead…the bride was given away by her father…

Samuel died in 1934 in Leatherhead, aged 57.

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