Arthur Anstee, a member of the Market Harborough Anstees, was born on 26 December 1889 in Leicester to parents Arthur William Anstee and Fanny Robinson. He was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes James Henry Anstee and Frederick Anstee, living in Syston Street, Leicester in 1891 and 61 Colton Street, Leicester by 1901. By the 1911 Census Arthur was living at 83 Stanley Street, Leicester with his family, working as a printer plate hand.
We know very little about Arthur’s World War One story as we are unable to locate any Service or Medical Records. What we do know is the following:
- At some point, probably in 1915 or 1916, he enlisted for service and was posted to the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service Number: 348380);
- On 2 October 1917 the ‘War Office Daily List No.5379‘ reported that “Anstee A. Gunner 348380, Leicester” had been wounded and was entitled to wear a “Wound Stripe” as authorised under ‘Army Order 204’;
- In the 1918 Electoral Register ‘Absent Voter Lists‘ both “Arthur Anstee 784 R. G. A.” and his brother “James Henry Anstee 288510 Pnr 57th R. E.” were registered at 83 Stanley Street, Leicester – so he had clearly recovered from his injuries and was back in active service;
- He was still on the ‘Absent Voter List‘ in early 1919; and
- For his services, Arthur was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
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By the 1921 Census Arthur was back living with his parents at 83 Stanley Street in Leicester – he was still living there in 1924. He married Annie Elizabeth Barker in 1926 in Leicester and they had children in Leicester Margaret S. Anstee (b 1927); Arthur L. Anstee (b 1928); Alan B. Anstee (b 1930); Frederick D. Anstee (b 1933); Ivan G. Anstee (b 1938); and Shirley N. Anstee (b 1942).
At the time of the 1939 Register, Arthur was living with his family at 7 Chandos Street, Leicester, working as a letter press printer. The ‘Leicester Daily Mercury‘ on 14 June 1939 reported “Cyclist Thrown By Opening of Car Door: Dorothy Victoria Durston (38) of Maple Hurst, Ratcliffe-road, Leicester, was fined 10s. with 15s. costs at Leicester Police Court to-day, as the sequel to an accident in Horsefair-street, when cyclist collided with the door of her car. The cyclist, Arthur Anstee, 7 Chandos-street, said the door of the car was opened suddenly as he approached and his hand caught in the door handle, throwing him over the handlebars. Anstee said that on previous occasions he had been involved in accidents of this nature but once he had managed to slam the door. Durston alleged that Anstee told her he would make an example of her after the other accidents he had been involved in”
Arthur died on 31 July 1945, “aged 55” , still living at 7 Chandos Street Leicester – probate was to his widow Annie Elizabeth Anstee.
[Note: Arthur should not be confused with his second cousin Arthur Anstee (b 1882 Leicester, who also died in 1945 in Leicester)]
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