Frederick Anstee (b 1886)

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

Frederick Anstee, known as Fred, a member of the Market Harborough Anstees, was born in q3 1886 in Leicester to parents Arthur William Anstee and Fanny Maria Robinson; he was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes Arthur Anstee and James Henry Anstee. Fred grew up in Leicester, living at Syston Street in 1891 and 61 Colton Street in 1901 where he was already working as a house painter.

Fred married Alice Oswin on 31 May 1909 in Leicester St Barnabus – he was living at 41 Duxbury Road at the time – they had children in Leicester Mabel Anstee (b 1910) and Frederick Anstee (b 1912). By the 1911 Census the family were living at 24 Willow Brook Road in Leicester where Fred was working as a house painter and paper hanger.

We have struggled to construct Fred’s World War One story. All we know is the following:

  • He was a Sapper with the Royal Engineers (Service Number: 164323);
  • Frederick Anstee 164323 R. E.” was registered at 24 Willow Brook Road but an absent voter still on active service in both 1918 and 1919 Electoral Registers; and
  • For his services he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

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By the 1920 Electoral Register, Fred was back living with his family at 24 Willow Brook Road – he died in Leicester on 28 June 1931, still living at 24 Willow Brook Road. Probate was in 1935 to his widow Alice, who was still living at Willow Brook Road in the 1939 Register.

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