Jeffrey Walter Anstee, a member of the Ivinghoe Anstees, was born on 13 September 1896 in Kempston, Bedfordshire to parents Henry Joseph Anstee and Mary Jane Crowsley – he was brother to fellow Anstey Hero Gordon Arthur Anstee, and baptised on 5 January 1897 at St Stephen’s Church, Kempston. Jeffrey grew up living at 16, Park Road, Kempston and by the 1911 Census he was an errand boy living with his family at 29 Victoria Road Bedford.
At some point during World War One, probably in early 1915, Jeffrey signed up for active service and was posted as a Driver with the Royal Engineers (Service Number: 78434). We know very little of his war story as we cannot locate any of his Service Records, but we do know that he entered the “France Theatre of War” on 30 July 1915.
Presumably he remained in and around the Western Front in France throughout the rest of the conflict until just before the end of the war when, according to ‘War Office Daily List No. 5691‘ issued on 9 October 1918, “J. W. Anstee Royal Engineers Driver 78434 (Bedford)” was entitled to wear a “wound stripe“, as he had been wounded.
The only other thing we know is that for his services Jeffrey was awarded the 1915 Star, as well as the Victory and British War medals.
After the war, Jeffrey returned to live in Bedford, marrying Rose Burroway [Burraway] there in 1924. They had two children Pamela J. Anstee (b 1927); and Peggy Anstee (b 1931), both born in Bedford.
By the time of the 1939 Register, Jeffrey was an iron moulder living at 42 Potters Cross, Wootton with his family. He was still an iron moulder when he was executor to his father‘s will in 1945.
Jeffrey died on 20 February 1974, still living at 42 Potters Cross, Wootton in Bedfordshire.
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