Harry Russell Anstee (b 1892)

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

Harry Russell Anstee, a member of the Potsgrove Anstees, was born on 5 October 1892 in Leicester, baptised at Leicester, St Mary de Castro on 18 October 1892, to parents John Anstee and Mary Ann Russell – he was brother to fellow Anstey Heroes John William Anstee; Arthur Richard Anstee and Harold Anstee. He grew up in Leicester, living at 20 Hawthorne Street in the 1901 Census, though we cannot locate him in the 1911 Census.

We have struggled to piece together details of Harry’s World War One story as we are unable to locate any Service or Medical Records. Most of what we know comes from Electoral Registers and ‘Absent Voter Lists‘, namely:

  • He appears in the 1918 ‘Absent Voter Lists‘ as “4/6279 Pvte 14th Hussars” registered at 79 Rowan Street, Leicester with his brothers Arthur and Harold – so he was still on active service with the 14th Hussars at this time
  • In the 1921 Electoral Register he was still registered at 79 Rowan Street, Leicester, by now with his parents, and still indicated as “absent voter on military service
  • In the 1921 ‘Absent Voters List‘ he is entered at 79 Rowan Street as “536698 Private 14th Hussars” – ditto 1922, 1923 and 1924
  • From the 1927 to 1931 ‘Absent Voters List‘ he is entered at 79 Rowan Street as “536698 Trooper 14/20th Hussars
  • For his services during the war, he was awarded the Victory and British War medals (as ‘Harry Anster’)
  • His name appears on the St. Augustine’s Church Roll Of Honour in Leicester

Anybody who can elaborate on this somewhat skeletal understanding of Harry’s war story, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

In 1923 Harry (as Harry R. Anstee) married Lilly [Lillian] Lines in Leicester and they had one child Dorothy Anstee (b 24 June 1924 Leicester, living with family in 1939). By 1925 they were ‘living’ (registered) at 6 Southgate Street, St Martins Ward, Leicester and by 1931 they had ‘moved’ to 49 West Street, de Montford Ward, Leicester.

[Note: Harry seems to appear in two Electoral Registers between around 1925 and 1931 but it must be the same person surely]

At the time of the 1939 Register Harry was a “Leveller Boot & Shoe Hand” living with his wife and daughter at 23 John Street, Blaby, Leicestershire. Harry died in 1963 in Blaby, Leicester.

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

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