Horace Walter Robert Anstee, a member of the Doynton Ansteys, was born on 18 December 1898 in Bristol – the ‘Bristol Mercury‘ 24 December 1898 edition reporting “Births: Anstee Dec 18 at High Street Kingswood, the wife of Aaron Anstee, of a son” – to parents Aaron Anstee and Emily Penny Haines [Haynes]; he was baptised at Kingswood Holy Trinity on 18 January 1899. He spent his very early years in Bristol, though he was living with family at 30 New Buildings, Long Ashton, Somerset by the time of the 1911 Census.
We know very little of Horace’s World War One story except that he served with the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service Number: 41448) and the Cheshire Regiment as a Private (Service Number: 72386) – also that for his services he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
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By the 1921 Census Horace was back living with his family in Long Ashton and at the time of the 1939 Register he was still unmarried and working as a general labourer living at No 1 Laburnam Terrace,Long Ashton – with him was his widowed father Aaron and sister Elsie.
In 1955 in Bristol Horace married Gwendoline N. Bryant – he died in 1977 in Bristol.
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