William Anstee (BA 22)

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

BA 22. William Anstee: He was born on 7 January 1892 in Fulham to father Ernest John Anstee (BA 15). He grew up in Hendon and was a fitter’s assistant in the 1911 Census living with his family.

He signed up for a period of twelve years with the Royal Navy on 30 December 1912 (Service Number: K17163), at which time he was a plumber’s mate, and he was still serving at the outset of World War One, as reported in the ‘Hendon & Finchley Times‘ on 28 August 1914.

During the war he served on HMS Hindustan until April 1916, then HMS Royal Sovereign until January 1917; then Victory II; and finally HMS Cormorant? He was entitled to receive a war medal because of his service on HMS Excellent (in 1920), at which time he was a Stoker 1st Class.

After the war he continued to serve with the Royal Navy until 1929. He then became a Merchant Seaman (presumably soon after leaving the Royal Navy) and was discharged from service in November 1949.

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