Harold Anstee (b 1899)

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

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Flamstead Anstees. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Flamstead Anstees fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

FL 30. Harold Anstee: Known as Harry, he was born on 1 December 1899 in Harpenden to parents George Anstee (FL 19) and Rose Gravestock. By the 1901 Census the family were living at Cottage, East Side of the Common, Village, Redbourn and by the 1911 Census they were living at Rose Bank Redbourn.

We know next to nothing about his World War One story except that:

  • According to ‘War Office Daily List No.5723‘ report date 15 November 1918 “H. Anstee Private Service Number: 69153 Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) next of kin Redbourne was wounded and entitled to wear a ‘Wound Stripe’“; and
  • For his service, “Harold Anstee Queens Regiment Private Service Number: G6915? [some sources state G6715? – the Medal Index card is somewhat illegible]” was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

Anybody who can elaborate on this somewhat skeletal account, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com

Per the 1919 Electoral Register, he returned to live in Hempstead Road, Redbourn together with his family and uncle John Anstee (FL 23) – he was still living there at the time of the 1921 Census.

He married Florrie Preston in 1922 in St Albans and they had children in Redbourn

  • Alan G. Anstee (b 17 November 1925); and
  • Thomas W. Anstee (b 1928).

In 1930 they were living at 42 Church End, Redbourn and by the 1939 Register they were back living at Rosebank Hempstead Road, Redbourn where he was a “job buyer and salesman

He died on 18 November 1980, still living at 41 Hempstead Road, Redbourn.

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

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