George Anstee, a member of the Flamstead Anstees, was born on 28 August 1876 in Harpenden (Kinsbourne Green), baptised 26 September 1876 in Luton, to parents Thomas Anstee and Sarah Reid. He was brother to fellow Anstey Hero John Anstee, growing up living at Harpenden Common, Harpenden.
In 1897 in St Albans, George married Rose [Ruth] Gravestock and they had children Owen George Anstee (b 1898 Harpenden – an Anstey Hero); Harold Anstee (b 1899 Harpenden – an Anstey Hero); Horace William Anstee (b 1903 Redbourn, married Annie M. Clark in Hemel Hempstead in 1926); Violet May Anstee (b 1906 Redbourn, married Isaac C. Hepple in 1930 in St Albans); Emily Rose Anstee (b 1910 Redbourn); Walter Anstee (b 1912); and Reginald T. Anstee (b 1919).
By the 1901 Census the family were living at Cottage, East Side of the Common, Village, Redbourn where George was an insurance agent for the Prudential. By the 1911 Census he was still an insurance agent living at Rose Bank, Redbourn, and by 1915 he was living at Church End, Redbourn in a “freehold house” – still an insurance agent.
A couple of years after the outbreak of World War One, on 11 December 1916, George enlisted for service with the Royal Navy (Service Number: M 24671). It was noted that he was born in Harpenden on 28 August 1876 and that he was then a boilermaker by trade (though another source states his trade was “Artisans, Sick Bay Staff, Ships Police & Miscellaneous” so perhaps he was ‘intended to train’ as a boilermaker whilst in the Royal Navy).
George’s rank in the Royal Navy was ‘Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class‘ and he served on the shore ships:
- ‘Pembroke II‘ (Royal Naval Air Station at Eastchurch) from 11 December 1916 to 1 May 1917;
- ‘Attentive II‘ (a shore base for the Dover Patrol) from 2 May 1917 to 28 August 1918;
- ‘Pembroke II‘ (again) from 29 August 1918 to 25 December 1918
On 25 December 1918 he was “invalided out of the Royal Navy with prodromal glaucoma” and issued a Silver War Badge – his war medals were later issued to him directly.
After the war, George returned to live in Redbourn where in the 1920 Electoral Register the family were living at Hempstead Road – they were still there in 1929. By the 1939 Register George was a “retired insurance agent” living at Willowdene South Common, Redbourn with his wife and various members of his family.
George likely died in 1969 in Hemel Hempstead “aged 92“.
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