Santos Anstee, a member of the Christchurch, Monmouthshire Anstees, was born in 1897 in Ogmore Vale, Llangeinor, Glamorganshire to parents Santos Jonah Anstee and Elizabeth Skammel Evans. He lived his childhood in Ogmore Vale and by 1911 he was working there as a collier boy below ground.
After the outbreak of World War One, Santos signed up to the Army as a Private (Service Number: 20178) with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He entered the ‘France’ Theatre of War on 1 December 1915 and he was demobilised after the war ended, on 15 January 1919.
At some point during the war Santos was awarded the DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal), according to his own words for “saving the lives of sixteen men” (see below). For his service he was also awarded the 1915 Star, as well as the Victory and British War medals.
In the ‘Glamorgan Gazette‘ on 5 August 1932 it was reported that “NANTYMOEL MAN BOUND OVER. On a charge of stealing coal, valued at 6d, the property of Messrs. Cory Bros., Santos Anstee, labourer, 82 Oakfield Terrace, Nantymoel, was bound over for twelve months in the sum of £5. Police Constable Lewis deposed that he saw the defendant in a colliery sidings with a sack of coal on his back at 9:30pm on Thursday July 21st. Witness asked him what he was doing with the coal and charged him with stealing it. His reply was ‘That’s your case Officer’. Anstee, in a statement to the Bench, claimed to have saved the lives of sixteen men during the war and to have gained the D. C. M.”.
Santos died in 1956 in Bridgend, Glamorganshire.
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