Samuel Frederick Anstee, known sometimes as Freddy, a member of the Christchurch, Monmouthshire Anstees, was born on 16 July 1894 in Blaina, baptised 26 July 1900 in Ebbw Vale, to parents Edgar Vivian Anstee and Isabella Harriet Gane. He grew up in Ebbw Vale and by the 1911 Census he was a potter’s flat presser living with family at 2 Simpson Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent. By 1916 he had moved to Foleshill – the ‘Kenilworth Advertiser‘ 22 January 1916 reporting “Samuel Frederick Anstee, a miner, of 120, Alderman’s Green Road, Foleshill, pleaded guilty to riding a bicycle without a light at Foleshill“.
Then in q3 1917 Samuel married Jenny Dawson in Foleshill, having children in Foleshill (born to mother ‘Dawson’) Frederick Stephen Anstee (b 19 May 1918); Evelyn Anstee (b 29 October 1919); and Stanley Anstee (b 5 March 1921). Samuel also had a son Samuel Frederick Anstee (unknown birth year – see below).
[Note: Bizarre as it sounds we believe Jenny Dawson was the same person as Jane Humphries Anstee, his widow in 1967 – certainly the 1920s Electoral Registers state he as living with ‘Jane’ and ‘Jennie’ at various times]
Samuel’s World War One story did not commence until the final year of the conflict. The first we hear is when the ‘Coventry Telegraph‘ on 25 April 1918 reported that the Foleshill Military Tribunal refused him a temporary exemption – “Samuel F. Anstee Miner (haulage hand) 182 Grange Road Longford, refused“
All we know apart from this is that he served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Service Number: 4266) and for his services, he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
In the 1918 Electoral Register Samuel was still living at 182 Grange Road, Longford Ward – he was still there in 1925 (with Jennie) and in 1931 (with Jane). By the 1939 Register he was a master boat repairer living with his family at 100 Harnall Lane East, Coventry.
The ‘Coventry Evening Telegraph‘ on 10 May 1944 reported “Smiling up at General Montgomery in the picture is a Coventry soldier, Driver Samuel Frederick Anstee, son of Mr and Mrs S. F. Anstee, 100 Harnall Lane East, wounded in Italy at the Battle of the Sangro” [Note: bizarrely we cannot find any further information on this son]
Samuel (father) died on 26 August 1966 aged 72, living at 60 Alderman’s Green Road, Coventry – probate was to his widow Jane Humphries Anstee.
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