Born in 1893 at Brighton, England. Married to Francis they were living on Wellington St. West, Chatham, ON.
The new armoury in Chatham was named for him.
Ernest served in the Great War, enlisting in 1914, he went overseas with the First Contingent of the CEF as a Private but was commissioned a Lieutenant while in England in 1914. He won his Military Cross at the battle for Canel du Nord in 1918. He was discharged from the army with the rank of Captain.
Immediately he became associated with the Reserve Army and in 1927 became commanding officer of the Kent Regiment. He served in this capacity for five years. in 1939 he was given command of the Firs Infantry Brigade and in 1940 was called to active service. During the War Colonel Ansell served as Officer Commanding the Chatham Training Centre and as Army Commandant for the Kent Area.
It was reported in the CDN 3/06/42, that Lt.-Col Ansell saw a more rigorous training schedule at BTC. No.12
In August of 1942 Lieut. Col. Ansell was reassigned to the command of the Kitchener Camp. CDN 7/08/42. 1942-1943 Colonel Ansell served briefly at the Kitchener and Ipperwash Camps and made a tour of the Canadian Training centres in Great Britain on his return from overseas he resumed command of the Chatham Camp Colonel Ansell was named Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Retired in 1946.
(MC. V. D. OBE) Colonel, Kent Regt. Born in 1893 at Brighton, England. Married to Francis they were living on Wellington St. West, Chatham, ON.
It was reported that Lt. Col. Ansell would be turning over the command of BTC No. 12 to Lr. Col. A. Garrod. CDN 27/07/42.(P)
In January of 1944 Lt. Col. Ansell became the Goodfather of Karen Ann Wilson, the daughter of Major and Mrs. Sydney J. Willson of Water St., Chatham. CDN 4/01/44 The Lt. Col. Was officer commanding No. 12 Basic Training Camp – Chatham. He was leaving BTC for a training course on camouflage being held on the west coast. CDN 31/01/44
It was reported that Lt. Col. Ansell had arrived back at No. 12 BTC from his trip to the west coast. CDN 16/02/44