William Anstee (ST 8)

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

ST 8. William Anstee: He was born on 11 January 1893 in Edenham to father William Cherry Anstee (ST 2) – he was sometimes known as ‘William Junior’. In the 1911 Census he was a “farmer’s son” working on the family farm in Ropsley.

He served during World War One – though the only information we have is

  • In the ‘Grantham Journal‘ on 12 September 1914 just after the outbreak of war, “GRANTHAMIANS WHO ARE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY… District Men belonging to the Grantham Troops… Corpl. W. Anstee, Ropsley” (this also appears in the 24 December 1914 edition) and
  • On 24 October 1914 in the ‘Grantham Journal‘ appears “ROPSLEY. With the Colours.—Among those from Ropsley who are serving their King and country are the following;— …W. Anstee Territorials“.

[Research note: We know that the 1914 ‘Corporal’ must be referring to William Junior and the 1913 ‘Staff Sergeant’ (see his father’s webpage) must be referring to his father William Cherry (ST 2) because Staff Sergeant is higher than Corporal, so they cannot be the same person unless somehow between 1913 and 1914 he was demoted – highly unlikely]

So all we currently know is that he was a Territorial before the outbreak of war and he was called up straight away as a Corporal (possibly as part of the ‘Grantham Troops’) once war broke out. Anybody who can elaborate on this please email us at research@theansteystory.com.

In 1921 he was registered as ‘William Junior’ living with his parents at Bitchfield near Ropsley. He married Hilma [Helma] Moor in Grantham in 1922 and they had three children in Grantham: 

  • Pamela L. Anstee (b 21 July 1922); 
  • Peter W. E. Anstee (b 3 December 1926); and 
  • Michael M. Anstee (b 1929).

In 1930 the family were still in Bitchfield. In the 1939 Register he was a “Dental Clerk Public” living with his family at “Green Man” Inn Church End, Church End, Ampthill (he also appears in the 1939 Register at 33 Battison Street, Bedford with two people called ‘Nichols’). He attended his mothers funeral in the same year – see ST 2.

He died in 1963 in Bedford. 

Anybody who can add anything to this account, or finds any mistakes on this page, please contact us at research@theansteystory.com.

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