Charles (senior) and Annie Ansell lived at Railway Terrace, Abbots Langley in 1891, and had five children, two sons and three daughters. Charles worked as a House Painter. Charles Griffin Ansell was the younger of the sons and was born in the winter of 1885 at Abbots Langley. He was baptised at Abbots Langley on 19th September 1890.
The National Roll of the Great War noted that Charles volunteered in 1914, and he was reported in the 17th October 1914 edition of the Hertfordshire Advertiser in the Asylum Roll of Honour, which listed the men from Leavesden Asylum that had joined up. His elder brother George was also recorded in this list. The Abbots Langley Parish Magazine Roll of Honour listed him serving with the Royal Fusiliers, and continued to record his service with the Royal Fusiliers each month throughout the War.
The Abbots Langley Parish Magazine recorded that his wife, Bessie, gave birth to a son on 24th September 1916.
The National Roll noted that Charles was engaged at various stations as a Drill Instructor until September 1918, when he was drafted to the Western Front. Later in 1918 he proceeded with the Army of Occupation to Germany. He was recorded in the Absent Voter Records for Autumn 1918 and September 1919, and in both records he gave his home address at 18 Breakspeare Road, Abbots Langley. In the Autumn Record he was serving as a Company Sergeant Major with the 51st G Battalion of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment and in Spring 1919 was with 26th Royal Fusiliers. He returned home and was demobilised in April 1919.
His brother George was wounded twice, but both brothers made it through the War.