Frederick William Anstee (b 1861)

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

Frederick William Anstee, a member of the Swanbourne Ansteys, was born on 13 (or 25) May 1861 in Hoxton near Islington and baptised in 1869 in Swanbourne to “mother Arabella Anstee, a servant living in Swanbourne”. In the 1871 Census he was living at 13 Church Street, Swanbourne with his grandmother Elizabeth Anstee. Frederick married Emily Ada Moorman in 1889 in Islington and they had children:

  • Bella Amy Anstee (b 1891 Camberwell, an unmarried “domestic” working for the Davis family at 38 Old Broad Street, City of London in the 1911 Census. She probably married Richard Tyler in 1913 in Birmingham); and
  • Henry Moorman Evelyn Anstee (b 2 April 1895 Islington – see below);

In the 1891 Census the family were living at Ingoldthorpe Grove, Camberwell where Frederick was a “coffee house keeper“. By the 1901 Census Frederick was a “farrier” living at 57, Albert Street, Islington and by the 1911 Census he was a “shoeing smith” living at 9 Roads Place Tollington Park N, Islington.

Despite his age, Frederick was called up for service during World War One, joining the Royal Army Service Corps as a “shoeing smith/farrier” (Service Number: 8163). All we know of his war story is that he was demobilised on 14 March 1919 -presumably there was enormous demand for his “shoeing smith/farrier” skills during the conflict given the huge number of horses used by the Army during the war.

[Note: If anybody can elaborate on Frederick’s war story, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.]

After the war Frederick returned to live in Islington. By the 1939 Register, he was a “pealer” living with his wife at Sabesbury Road, Upper Holloway, Islington. He eventually died in 1947 “aged 85“, still living in Islington.

Henry Moorman Evelyn Anstee (b 1895 Islington)

Henry, sometimes known as ‘Harry’, was born on 2 April 1895 in Islington to parents Frederick and Emily per above. He was a “Milliner for motor parts” in the 1911 Census living with his parents at 9 Roads Place Tollington Park N, Islington.

We believe very strongly, but seek formal confirmation, that Henry, as Harry, enlisted with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 10 March 1913 as a Private (Service Number: 10559). He was still serving with the 1st Battalion at the outbreak of World War One and thus entered the France Theatre of War with them on 12 August 1914, fighting in the Battle of Mons on 23 August 1914, as well as the The Battle of the Marne in early September 1914 and The Battle of the Aisne beginning 13 September 1914, in which he was seriously wounded.

On 28 October 1914 the ‘Sheffield Daily Telegraph‘ reported “The following wounded non-commissioned officers and men, not previously announced as wounded, are reported as being admitted to Home Hospitals: Charing Cross Hospital (under date September 21st)…Anstee 10559 Pte H. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment…“. This was confirmation of the Casualty List issued by the War Office on 21 September 1914 where he was listed as “wounded“.

On 1 May 1915 he was admitted to Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital at Millbank, the information given being that he was “aged 20, a Private with the 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 10559, first received injury/disease 14 September 1914 Lewsbury? of right foot

Another source adds that his wound was a “gunshot wound right leg for which he was first hospitalised on 21 September 1914” whilst with ‘B’ Company of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, with additional notes “Discharged from hospital 18/05/1915. 7 Days S.F. Charing Cross Hospital. Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital 20/04/1915″; “Harry Anstee aged 20 Church of England” and “Additional time spent in other hospitals 10, 31, 30, 31, 31, 18.

The injury was clearly very serious because he was discharged from service on 10 November 1915 and issued with a Silver War Badge on 3 November 1916 – at the time he was in Preston. For his services he was awarded the 1914 Star Medal, as well as the Victory and British War medals.

[Note: If anybody can confirm this account of Henry/Harry’s war story, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.]

Henry married Sarah Jane Bagnall in q3 1918 in Birmingham, having children:

  • Violet E. Anstee (b 1919 Holborn);
  • Lucy Anstee (b 1921 Islington); and
  • Benjamin F. Anstee (b 1931 Islington).

By the 1921 Census the family were living together in Islington. Henry died in 1938 in Islington, aged 43.

Anybody who would like to add anything to this biography, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

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