John Anstee (PO 50)

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 50. John Anstee: We have struggled to piece together the life of John Anstee and what follows is somewhat tentative and could possibly be two people. He was born in q4 1896 (probably November 1896) in Ealing to parents Stephen Anstee (PO 29) and Minnie Frances Walter [Walters] (though one source says 12 July 1895 Hammersmith – see below). He was a pauper patient at Brentford Union Workhouse Infirmary, Heston in 1901 “aged 3” and a student at Brentford Union Scattered Home 23 Campbell Twickenham in the 1911 Census “aged 14“.

[Note: he should not be confused with John Anstee (BA 23 – b 1894 Barnet) who also appeared separately in the 1901 and 1911 Census.]

He was then baptised on 26 June 1912 at Isleworth All Saints (birth given as November 1896 to unspecified parents) – so far so good.

We have a ‘John Anstee’ who died in 1915 in Brentford “aged 17” and at first glance this seems to be our ‘John Anstee’ however if so then who is John Anstee (b 12 July 1895 Hammersmith), a blacksmith’s mate who joined the Royal Navy during World War One (Service Number: SS117363).

He signed up on 16 October 1915 for a period of 12 years full time service, serving as a Stoker 1st Class on the following ships:

  • Pembroke II: 16 October 1915 – 12 May 1916
  • Shoftswie??: 13 May 1916 to 26 April 1917
  • Pembroke II: 27 April 1917 to 17 July 1917
  • Tipne? (TB31): 18 July 1917 – ?
  • Illegible: to 31 December 1919

At this point he was invalided out of the Royal Navy for reasons unknown. He was paid a War Gratuity whilst connected to ‘HMS Prince George’ (TB31) and he was granted a Silver War Badge on 3 December 1919 – his “medal entitlement was issued to him directly“.

After this we lose track of him completely.

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