William Anstee

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William Anstee served with the A.I.F. during World War One.



William Parson Anstee was a Sergeant in the 8th Battalion (no. 186) who enlisted 17 August 1914, and was killed in action on 24 November 1915.[1][2]

From the Skipton Historical Society:

Sgt. ANSTEE, William Parsons (Anzac) 8th Bn SN 186 William was born at Happy Valley to George and Louisa Bertha (Parsons). The Skipton connection comes through the Parsons family, who lived in the cottage beside the creek, next to the Courthouse. William Parsons was a very active member of the committee set up to start and build the Common School in Cleveland Street. Mrs Parsons at that time was running a small school in the back room of their home. The Parsons family connect with the Notman family, through Martha Parsons, Claud Notman’s grandmother. William Anstee was killed in action on Gallipoli 24th November 1915, and is commemorated at Ari Burnu Cemetery. Notes from The Spirits of Gallipoli: “Operating a Machine Gun at Quinn’s Post. Killed by enemy fire during a blizzard which dropped ½ metre of snow.” [3]


World War One service recognised on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour. His tree, No. 9, was planted on 4 June 1917, by Miss C. Todd.[4] He also has a tree in the Skipton Avenue of Honour.

See also



  1. 'First World War Nominal Roll Page - AWM133, 01-150.' Australian War Memorial. http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/nominal_rolls/first_world_war/page.asp?p=1649613
  2. National Archives of Australia, World War I records, B2455, ANSTEE W, SERN 186 http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/BasicSearch.aspx accessed 17 January 2015
  3. Skipton Historical Society, WW1 Avenue of Honour, http://skipton-historicalsociety-australia.freehosting.net/blank_2.html
  4. Lucas and Co., Souvenir of the Avenue of Honour, Ballarat, 1916, pg. 8, http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/1985904

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--Beth Kicinski 16:31, 26 March 2013 (EST)

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