Sydney Charles Anstee (HR 34)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Houghton Regis 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 Houghton Regis Anstees fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

HR 34. Sydney Charles Anstee: Known sometimes as Charles, he was born on 30 July 1898 in Holborn (to mother ‘Anstel’? which must be incorrect) to parents Sydney William Anstee (HR 18) and Blanche M. M. Hitchman. In 1911 he was at St Andrew Higher Grade Secondary Boys School, Worthing together with his sister Vera (father confirmed as ‘Sydney William‘) – we cannot locate the family in the 1911 Census but they were very likely living at Palmerston Villa, Crescent Road or 5 Royal Parade Eastbourne.

We do not know much about his World War One story as we cannot locate any Service Records. All we do know is the following:

  • He served with the Machine Gun Corps as a Private (Service Number: 116245);
  • The ‘Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry )’ report date 16 November 1918 states “Wounded: Anstee 116245 S. C. (Buxton)“; and
  • For his services he was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

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He married Catherine Annie Blewett in 1927 in Wandsworth and in the 1939 Register they were living with her parents at 10 Grove Road, Mitcham where he was a building surveyor (we find no children of this marriage).

He died in 1965 in Croydon.

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