Arthur Anstee (b 1883)

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

Arthur Anstee, a member of the Chewton Mendip Ansteys, was born on 2 September 1883 (some sources incorrectly state 1884), in Blaina, Aberystruth, Bedwellty, Monmouthshire to parents Henry Sage Anstee and Harriet Jane Payne. He grew up in Blaina, attending Blaina Boys School in 1890, and he was an unmarried hewer of coal living with his family at 9 Parsons Row Blaina in the 1911 Census.

Arthur married Sarah E. Snelgrove [Snellgrove] in 1912 in Blaina and they had children in Blaina Evelyn M. Anstee (b 1913); Arthur H. Anstee (b 1920) William Reginald Anstee (b 1922); Maisie Anstee (b 1924) and Alan Anstee (b 1927).

At some unknown time after the outbreak of World War One, Arthur signed up for active service. We know next to nothing about his war story apart from the fact that he served with the South Wales Borderers as a Private (Service Number: 33226) and then the Labour Corps as a Private (Service Number: 243492). We also know that for his services he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. Judging by the birth years of his children, we can also presume that Arthur was probably on active service abroad from 1916 to (at least) 1918.

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By the 1921 Census Arthur and his family were back living together in Blaina. He attended his father’s funeral in 1922 and his mother’s funeral in 1929 – he was still living at Blaina on both of those occasions.

Arthur died in 1938 in Bedwellty aged 54.

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