Harry Anstee, known as Henry, a member of the Houghton Regis Anstees, was born on 10 April 1886 in Walworth to parents James John Anstee and Susan Blackburn. He was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes Samuel Anstee and Thomas George Anstee.
Henry grew up living at at Vauxhall Walk, Lambeth and by the 1901 Census he was a van guard living with his family at 10, Waverley Road, Paddington. He married Edith Margaret Corbishley in 1907 in Paddington and by the 1911 Census he was a porter living with his wife and two daughters Hilda Marian Anstee (b 1908) and Alma Ada Anstee (b 1910) at 9 Woodfield Place Harrow Road W., Paddington. They also had children in Paddington Henry Anstee (b 1907, died an infant?) and Henry C. Anstee (b 1912).
At some point soon after the outbreak of World War One, Henry signed up for active service with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps as a Private (Service Number: R12323). Unfortunately we are unable to locate any of his Service Records, so we cannot reveal much of his war story, but we do know that he entered the “France Theatre of War” on 25 November 1915.
We also know that per the ‘War Office Daily List No.5400‘ dated 26 October 1917 “H. Anstee King’s Royal Rifle Corps Private 12323 [was] wounded” and therefore entitled to wear a “wound stripe“. In this report his ‘next of kin’ was given as “Paddington, W.“
We also know that in the 1919 ‘Absent Voter Lists‘ appears “Anstee Harry, 16 Goldney Road Paddington R/12323 Rflmn K. R. R“
Finally, we know that for his services, Henry was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory, and British War Medals [Note: There is a remark on Henry’s Medal Index Card that notes “Trans Z (or L?) A. R.” – we are not entirely sure what that means]
From these snippets, we can suppose that Henry served on the Western Front in France throughout 1916 and early 1917, though as we do not have any details of his Battalion we can elaborate no further than that – anybody who can enlighten us in this manner please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After his discharge, presumably in 1919, Henry returned to live in Paddington (he was back living at 16 Goldney Road Paddington in the 1919 Electoral Register) and by the 1939 Register he and his wife Edith were living at 115 Droop Street, Queens Park, City Of Westminster, Paddington, where he was an “electric car driver“.
Henry died in 1948 in Paddington.
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