Edward Thomas Anstee, a member of the Houghton Regis Anstees, was born on 23 February 1894 in Wood Green to parents Harry Edward Anstee and Clara Jane Eames – he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Alfred Henry Anstee. His mother died when he was very young so in 1901 he was living with his ‘Anstee’ grandmother and two aunts at 10, Salisbury Road, Luton. By the 1911 Census he was a stockbroker clerk living with his family at Coniston Myddleton Park Whetstone, Friern Barnet.
A couple of months after the outbreak of World War One, on 20 October 1914 at Scotland Yard in London, Edward signed up for active service, enlisting “under the terms of War Office letter 27/APC/321 dated 23 September 1914“. On his Attestation Form he noted that he was a 20 year old clerk, giving his next of kin as his father, and he was posted to the Army Pay Corps as a Private (Service Number: 2946).
He entered the France Theatre of War with the Army Pay Corps, attached to the British Expeditionary Forces, on 14 April 1915, remaining there right through to the end of the conflict and beyond (apart from 10 days home leave in September 1917 and again in September 1918), finally returning permanently to England on 29 June 1919.
During this period he was appointed Temporary Lance Corporal on 23 August 1915 and Temporary Corporal a month later, and by the end of the conflict he was an Acting Staff Sergeant. He was transferred to the Reserves on 27 September 1919 and discharged on 31 March 1920, intending to reside at Elstead, Grove Road, Finchley.
For his services he was awarded the 1915 Star Medal, as well as the Victory and British War medals
In the 1921 Electoral Register Edward was living with his father, stepmother and brother at Elstead, Grove Road, Finchley, then at the end of 1921 in Pancras he married Ruth Mary Cutter – they had two daughters together, Kathleen M. Anstee (b 22 June 1924) and Isabel Ann Anstee (b 1928). By 1922 they were living at 20 Oseney Crescent in North St Pancras, still there in 1925, and by 1930 the family had moved into their long term home at 41 Bramber Road in Barnet.
Edward was co-executor of his father’s will in 1935 with his half brother Leonard, at which time he was described as a “grain salesman“. By the 1939 Register he was an ‘Office Manager Of Grain & Flour Importer’, still living with his family at 41 Bramber Road, Friern Barnet.
Edward died on 17 April 1969, still living at 41 Bramber Road North Finchley.
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