Charles had been born in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, but his parents, John & Margaret, had moved to 3 Beech Road, Cheadle Hulme by the time of the 1901 Census. Charles was the oldest of three children - Annie was 10 and Albert, 8. John Turton was a commercial traveller for a drapery firm and it provided the family with a good living. They were able to afford to employ a live-in servant, 16 year old Nellie Yates.
By the time of the Great War the family had moved to Manor Road, Bramhall Park, Cheadle Hulme. Later they moved to 7 Grosvenor Terrace, Otley, Yorkshire. Charles attended the local Wesleyan Church and was a member of the choir.
He enlisted in Manchester, just after war was declared in August 1914, along with Harry Coops. He and Harry were best friends. They served together and died within a few days of each other. An account of their early months of training and service in Egypt is here and an account of the attack in which Charles was killed is here.
In the days before he was killed, Charles had found time to write to the parents of his best friend, Harry Coop, to tell them how he had died.