Gordon Arthur Anstee (b 1900)

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

Gordon Arthur Anstee, a member of the Ivinghoe Anstees, was born on 31 December 1900 to parents Henry Joseph Anstee and Mary Jane Crowsley, baptised on 16 April 1901 in Kempston. He was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Jeffrey Walter Anstee. Gordon grew up living at 16 Park Road, Kempston and by the 1911 Census he was with his family at 29 Victoria Road Bedford, attending Ampthill Road Boys School.

Due to his age, Gordon did not sign up for service during World War One until its final year, on 14 June 1918 “aged 17 1/2“, with the Royal Air Force (Service Number: 196656) as a Class ‘F’ Reservist. On his Attestation Form he noted that he was a “fitter” by trade; Church of England by religion; and next of kin his father Henry Joseph Anstee of 29 Victoria Road, Bedford. Gordon was posted to the S. T. H. C. (School of Training Halton Camp, a training centre for fitters) on 23 June 1918 where he remained until October 1918. He was then posted to the ’21 Training Depot Station’, where he was still based when the war concluded.

On 10 March 1919, presumably his official demobilisation date, Gordon decided to extend his service with the Royal Air Force for another four years as a ‘fitter’. During this time he spent nearly two years in Egypt (1921-1923) with ‘216 Squadron’; he was also connected with ‘208 Squadron’ in the UK for a time. He was discharged from service on 25 August 1923, thence transferred to RAF Reserves.

Gordon married Annie Goldsworthy on 28 October 1925 in Beddington, Surrey – they had at least one child David John Anstee (b 1926 Bedford); and probably another, Gordon A. Anstee (b 1940 Surrey mid Eastern).

In 1935 Gordon was best man at his brother Harold’s wedding in Handsworth. In January 1939, as World War Two was on the horizon, he enlisted in ‘Class E Reserve’ of the Royal Air Force for four years – his civilian occupation at this time was “foreman fitter” and he was likely living in Henlow.

Gordon died in 1992, whilst living at 7 Northampton Road, Bromham, Bedfordshire.

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

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