John Alexander Gamble Anstee (PO 16)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Potsgrove Anstees. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Potsgrove Anstees fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

PO 16. John Alexander Gamble Anstee: He was born in 1853 in Coventry to parents William Anstee (PO 7) and Mary Gamble. In 1877 “John Alexander Anstey, who said he was in Gosford-street on the date named, and saw a man driving along, when his cart wheel caught the wheel of a truck and overturned it”. He married Mary Ann York in 1879 in Sparkbrook, having children in Coventry: 

  • Sidney Alexander York Anstee (b 1880, married Fanny Elizabeth Tarpley on 16 August 1902 in Belgrave, St Michael’s, Leicestershire having children in Leicester Sidney Alfred Anstee (b 1903, married Lillian Derry in Leicester in 1925 and then in 1926 he was living at 5 Newark Cottages Leicester); Gladys Lillian Anstee (b 1904); Edna Victoria Anstee (b 1907); John Laurence Anstee (b 1910, known as Jack); and George E. Anstee (b 1913). By the 1911 Census he was a clerk living with his family at 30 Ross Walk, Leicester – in 1915 he was described as “Sidney Alexander Anstey, an electroplater’s manager, of 30, Ross’s-walk“. The ‘Leicester Evening Mail‘ 31 January 1952 reported “DEATH OF MR. SID ANSTEE Secretary of Belgrave club for 32 years ONE of Leicester’s most active working men’s club officials died this morning at the Royal Infirmary. He was Mr. Sidney A. Anstee (71), of Ross-walk. Mr. Anstee attended his last meeting at Burton-on-Trent as recently as last Saturday. Born in coventry Mr. Anstee came to Leicester with his family when he was still a boy. His: association with working men’s clubs began many years ago, and he had been secretary of the Belgrave club for 32 years. In 1911 he founded the Leicestershire branch of the Club and Institute Union, and became its secretary in 1942. He was already the possessor of one gold medal for 21 years’ service to the union, and would have qualified for a second gold medal next year on completion of 42 years’ service. Mr. Anstee was also chairman of the Leicestershire section of the Northampton Shire and Leicestershire club’s Brewery. A recognized expert on club affairs, he served on the national excecutive of the CIU for 25 years until ill health forced him to retire last November. In 1948 he received a testimonial of £877, the largest ever Mr. SID ANSTEE Given to a clubman in this country. Mr. Anstey was also secretary of Belgrave RFC for 49 years. He leaves a family of four sons and two daughters.“); 
  • Mary Constance Anstee (b 1882); 
  • John Garnet Anstee (b 1883, married Mabel Greasley in 1909 in Leicester having children in Leicester Dorothy M. Anstee (b 1911); John H. Anstee (b 1913); and Mabel I. Anstee (b 1917). In the 1911 Census the family were living at 7 Broadhurst Street Leicester where he was a boot manufacturers warehouseman – they were still there in 1918 and he was NOT an “absent military voter“); and 
  • Jessie Agnes Anstee (b 1885).

In the 1881 Census they were living in Coventry with Mary Ann‘s mother – he was a watchmaker. By 1891 the family had moved to Barrow upon Soar where he was a chemists assistant and by 1901 they were living at 19, Broadhurst Street, Leicester, where he was a “dry salter“. In the 1911 Census he was boarding at Blackhorse Inn Reymerston, in Norfolk – he was a “married chemist assistant“. He died in Leicester in 1915.

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