Walter John Anstee (1887-1917)

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

Walter John Anstee, a member of the Doynton Ansteys was born on 4 February 1887 in Westbury-on-Trym to parents Robert Anstee and Jane Trigger. He grew up in Westbury-on-Trym, living with his family at 35 Cambridge Road Westbury on Trym and working as a dairyman by the 1911 Census, then at the beginning of 1912 he married Eva Mary Angell in Bristol.

During World War One, Walter was conscripted into the Army, joining the ‘1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh Wiltshire Regiment’ as a Private (Regimental Number: 33928). He fought in the Battle of Pilckem Ridge at the beginning of August 1917 in the Third Battle of Ypres, as well as likely fighting in the subsequent capture of Westhoek near Ypres on 10 August 1917. He was injured in one of these two battles, and died on 13 August 1917 of “battle wounds“. Walter is buried in Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery, Saint Omar, Departement du Pas de Calais, France, Plot IV.D.21.

A newspaper article in the ‘Western Daily Press’ on 31 August 1917 stated that:

within about as many days, seven Westbury-on-Trym households have been thrown into mourning by the receipt of official tidings that one of their members has made the supreme sacrifice at the front

Walter John was one of those seven named.

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