|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1919|
Casualty of the Great War, Stanley served with the Royal Marine Light Infantry~Service no. CH/16575. He was discharged as a pensioner- invalided 2/1/18 due to "TB" and died at home from Pulmonary Tuberculosis aged 28, the son of William and Sarah A. Ansell of 8 Ottowa Road, Chadwell St. Mary, Tilbury. According to the 1901 census, his father had been born in Edmonton, North London and his mother in Childerditch, a hamlet some ten miles north of Tilbury. Stanley was born at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex as was his older brother William. He had an older sister, Ellen who was born in Tilbury.
The people of Tilbury had always recognized Stanley's death as being due to war sevice (his name was always on the war memorial in Civic Square and it is to be hoped that it will also be added to the small local war memorial by the Church door at Chadwell St Mary) but it wasn't until the new millenium, following a crusade by the Campaign for War Grave Commemoration, that he was finally accepted as one of the official war dead.
The initial plan was to record his name on the Brookwood Memorial but the old burial records for Chadwell St. Mary churchyard were searched(interred 23rd Decemeber 1919) and although the exact location of his remains could not be proven, the record was sufficient for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to order a Commission Headstone to be erected in the churchyard. This will be a Special Memorial inscribed "Buried Elsewhere in this Churchyard". The Little Thurrock war memorial records his middle initial as 'H'.
Births Mar 1892 Ansell Stanley Rochford 4a 519
Deaths Dec 1919 Ansell Stanley 28 Orsett 4a 551
Note: Special Memorial erected March 2012.
St Mary Churchyard
Chadwell St Mary
Thurrock Unitary Authority
Created by: geoffrey gillon
Record added: Feb 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24596537