Private Ernest Ansell trained with the 24th Kent Regiment 1912 – 1914 at Chatham, Onatario, promoted to Sergeant Trooper with “D” Squadron of the Governor General’s Bodyguard of Toronto 1911 – 1912, going to camp with them in 1911.
Private Ernest Ansell enlisted on the 8th of August, 1914 at Chatham went to Valcatier on August 23rd, 1914 and posted with First Battalion on Inf, on the formation of that unit. Proceeding overseas on the “S.S. Laurentic” September 23rd, 1914, and trained at Salisbury Plains until February 8th, 1915 when he went to France with the 1st Division. First went into front lines with 1st Battalion in February at Armentiers. Was in the 2nd Battle of Ypres, at the gas attack, through Battle of Festubert in May and was wounded at Givenchy in June 15th of the same year.
After recovering at the Astor Estate Hospital, Cliveden, he returned to France and was Sergeant of the 1st Batt., bombers. While in charged of a bombing attack at Hill 60, on April 26th, 1916 he was again slightly wounded but returned to his battalion in three weeks time. He made continual trips into the front line in charged of the bombing section until on September 21st at Courcellete during the Battle of the Somme, he was severely wounded by shrapnel, and was invalided to England. Upon his recovery, he took his O.T.C. course at Bexhill-on the Sea, and was gazetted as Lieutenant on July 1st. In one month he returned to the front and was made battalion bombing officer in the 1st Battalion. After three months he took command of a platoon, and at the “Crows Nest” engagement he was awarded the Military Cross. In October he was promoted to Captain, and was acting company commander at the Armistice.
He proceeded to Germany outpost duty east of the Rhine and returned to Canada in April 1919. Was demobilized April 24th, 1919.