Private Joseph Frederick Anstee

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Joseph Frederick Anstee Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

Joseph Frederick Anstee was born on the 26th of September 1879 in Dorking to shoemaker Harold and Mary Ann Anstee nee Chantrill/Chantrell.

Joseph Frederick Anstee 1881 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived at Falkland Road, Dorking. Harold was still working as a shoemaker and Mary Ann was at home looking after their children: Emma, George, Harold, Samuel and Joseph. The household further comprised of Harold’s brother, shoemaker, William and a lodger.

Joseph Frederick Anstee 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived in Bridge Street, Leatherhead. Harold still made shoes and Mary Ann was at home. The household further comprised of their children: bootmaker’s assistant Elizabeth, baker’s assistant George, oilman’s assistant Harold, Samuel, Joseph and Ruth.

Joseph’s father Harold died in the 4th quarter of 1897 in Epsom.

Joseph Frederick Anstee 1901 Census Enumeration Book © findmypast.co.uk
Joseph Frederick Anstee 1901 Census Enumeration Book 2 © findmypast.co.uk
Joseph Frederick Anstee 1901 Census Enumeration Book 3 © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, Joseph Anstee was a soldier in the Grenadier Guards at Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, St James’ Park, Westminster, London. His regimental number was: G/17643.

Joseph Frederick Anstee and Susannah Rickett Marriage Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

Joseph married Susannah Ann Rickett, by Banns, on the 22nd of April 1905 at St James the Apostle’s Church in Lambeth, London. At the time of their marriage the couple lived at 22 Carew Street, London. Joseph Frederick was working as a packer.

Susannah was born in the 4th quarter of 1880 in Camberwell, to painter and porter William Everett, born about 1856 in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, and Susannah, born about 1855 in Whitechapel. Susannah was baptised on the 7th of March 1884 at St John the Evangelist’s Church, Brixton, London. At the time of her baptism the family lived at 10 Ridgway Road in Lambeth. William was working as a porter in a market.

Joseph and Susannah had two sons: Sidney Harold born on the 4th of February 1906 and William Joseph born on the 7th of December 1914.

Joseph re-enlisted on the 29th of August 1914 at St Paul’s Churchyard in Middlesex into the 21st Battalion, the Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment. He was a Private with regimental number: G/15469. At the time of his enlistment he lived in Herne Hill, London and he was working as a packer. Joseph had blue eyes, light brown hair and a pale complexion.

Joseph Frederick Anstee British Army Service Records Transcriptions 1 © findmypast.co.uk
Joseph Frederick Anstee British Army Service Records Transcriptions 2 © findmypast.co.uk
Joseph Frederick Anstee British Army Service Records Transcriptions 3 © findmypast.co.uk
Joseph Frederick Anstee British Army Service Records Transcriptions 4 © findmypast.co.uk

Over time, Joseph served in Gibraltar; India; South Africa where he received the South African Medal with Clasps (1902) and from the 5th of June 1916 to the 6th of January 1918 in France.

In February 1918 Joseph was invalided out of service due to heart disease. Upon his discharge from the Army he wanted to work as a baker and intended to live at 139 Milkwood Road, Herne Hill, London.

Joseph Frederick Anstee West Norwood Cemetery Roll of Honour © CWGC
Joseph Frederick Anstee Graves Registration Report Form © CWGC
Joseph Frederick Anstee Panel Inscription Report Form © CWGC

Joseph died on the 16th of March 1918 in Lewisham. He was buried at the West Norwood Cemetery and Crematorium. His cemetery reference is: Screen Wall (11.34581).

Joseph Frederick Anstee Death Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

On the 22nd of March 1918 Pte Anstee was posthumously discharged from the Army due to sickness under paragraph 392 (xvi). On the 21st of March 1918 he received Silver War Badge.

Joseph Frederick Anstee Medal Roll Index Card © ancestry.co.uk
Joseph Frederick Anstee British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll © ancestry.co.uk

Joseph Anstee also received the British War and Victory medals.

Anstee Family History

Joseph’s father Harold was born about 1835 in Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire to shoemaker William, born about 1793 in Buckinghamshire, and Elizabeth, born about 1795 in Buckinghamshire.

His mother Mary Ann Chantrill/Chantrell was born about 1840 in Mursley, Buckinghamshire to agricultural labourer James, born about 1803 in Mursley, and Sarah, born about 1803 in Little Horwood, Buckinghamshire. Mary Ann was baptised on the 10th of May 1840 in Mursley. At the time of the 1861 Census, Mary Ann was working as a straw plaiter.

Harold and Mary Ann married in the 2nd quarter of 1861 in the Registration District of Winslow, Buckinghamshire.

Joseph Frederick had six known siblings: Emma born about 1866; Elizabeth born about 1867; George born about 1870, all in Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire; Harold born about 1873 in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, and Samuel born about 1877 and Ruth, born about 1884, both in Dorking.

At the time of the 1871 Census, the family lived in Market Square, Winslow, Buckinghamshire. Harold was working as a shoemaker and Mary Ann was at home looking after their children: Emma, Elizabeth and George. The household further comprised of an apprentice and a boarder.

Born in                        Dorking
Lived                           Herne Hill

Son of                         Harold and Mary Ann Anstee
Husband of                 Susannah Anstee of 139 Milkwood Road, Herne Hill

Enlisted                       St. Paul’s Church, London

Regiment                     21st Battalion. Duke of Cambridge’s Own Middlesex Regiment
Number                       G/15469

Date of Death              16th March 1918
Place of Death             Herne Hill
Cause of Death           Died of heart failure

Age                             38

Cemetery                    West Norwood Cemetery