Henry Anstee, a member of the Swanbourne Ansteys, was born on 4 February 1869 in Clerkenwell (though some sources incorrectly say Lancaster) to parents George Anstee and Mary Ann Parrott [Perrott]. His father died when he was very young so in 1871 he was living with his widowed mother and siblings at Ann Street, St James Clerkenwell – by 1881 they were at 5 Sandwich Street, St Pancras. By 1891 Henry was boarding with his brother Edward at Burton Crescent, St Pancras, working as a wine bottler.
In 1897 in Holborn Henry married Adelaide Beatrice Dovey, they had a single child together Georgina Gertrude Anstee (b 1898 St Pancras). By the 1901 Census the family were living at 115, Gladesmore Road, Tottenham where Henry was a warehouseman and by the 1911 Census they were living at 22 Margaret Street, St James and St John Clerkenwell where Henry was working as a labourer at a glass bottle works.
Henry’s wife Adelaide died in q2 1916 in Holborn, aged 42 and around a year later, on 5 June 1917, as World War One was raging, he was conscripted for service with the Royal Marines Divisional Engineers (Service Number: Deal 1404 – though see below). At the time of his conscription he was a warehouseman living at 11 Whiskin Street, Clerkenwell with his daughter.
[Note: Henry’s original Service Number was ‘Deal/12148/S’ but at some point he was “Transferred to Deal/1404/N RMLC(New) – discharged surplus to naval requirements.”]
Henry was posted to the Royal Marines Labour Corps as first a Private and later Acting Corporal, and his service was as follows:
- Plymouth Division from 5 June 1917 to 21 June 1917
- Bolougne from 22 June 1917 to 16 August 1917
- Cherbourg from 17 August 1917 to 24 July 1919
- Dieppe from 25 July 1919 to 11 November 1919
- Royal Marine Depot from 12 November 1919 to 6 January 1920
In the 1919 Electoral Register Henry was an ‘absent military voter’ registered at 25 Northdown Street, Finsbury, next door to his brother Edward, and by the time of his discharge in January 1920 he gave his address as 25 Pollard Houses, Kings Cross.
For his services, Henry was awarded the Victory and British War medals (under Service Number: ‘Deal/12148/S’).
By the 1921 Census Henry and his daughter Georgina were living in Holborn. Henry died in 1935 in Pancras aged 66.
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