Arthur Leonard Anstee, a member of the Barnet Anstees, was born in Barnet on 6 September 1895, baptised in 1896, to parents Arthur John Anstee and Ada Rebecca Matthews; he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero John Anstee. He grew up living at 12 Wood Street and later 48 Wood Street in Barnet, where in the 1911 Census he was a grocers boy.
Towards the end of World War One, on 30 April 1918, Arthur was conscripted for service with the Royal Air Force (Service Number: 162678). At this time he was an “optical glass worker” and “congregationalist” by religion. Arthur was posted to the “R. D.” unit, then in June 1918 he was transferred to “S. E. Area” and thence to “Pen Stn” and “4 S. D. P.“, where he remained until the conflict formally ended.
In February 1919 he attended “1 M Ab Sch” in Crystal Palace. He was transferred to RAF ‘G’ Reserve (some sources say he became a ‘Class F Reservist’) on 29 February 1919, by which time he was living at 76 Station Road, New Southgate – Arthur was not wounded during the conflict.
[Note: The 1919 Electoral Register has Arthur registered at 32 The Drive, South Mimms, together with his brothers Edward and John – he was still deemed “an absent voter on active military service“]
Whilst in service, and with permission to marry from the “D of W [Department of War?]“, Arthur married Nellie Frances Barnes on 16 September 1918 in Barnet, at which time they were living at 20 Garfield Road, New Southgate, London. They had two children together, being Ada E. Anstee (b 1918) and Francis L. Anstee (b 1920, became an electrician).
After his discharge, Arthur returned to live in Barnet – he was living at 9B ‘The Barracks’, Wood Street, Barnet in 1925 and he was still there in 1930 with his family. By the time of the 1939 Register, the family were living at 27 Brent Place, Barnet where Arthur was a “hospital gate porter“.
Arthur died on 17 March 1981, by which time he was living at Flat B, Melrose House, Brockhurst, Gosport near Portsmouth. His widow Nellie died in 1987 in Stubbington, Fareham.
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