Charles was born in Stockport and is known to have had two younger sisters, Elsie and Ethel, who lived at 75 Bann Street. He worked at the Beehive Mill in Portwood.
Charles' original service number, 4378, indicates he originally enlisted into the local Territorial Battalion - the 6th Cheshires - in early 1916. After training with the reserve Battalion, he was almost certainly one of batch of soldiers sent to the Western Front as replacements for the casualties from the early days of the Battle of the Somme which had started on 1 July. He would have been expecting to go to the front line 6th Battalion but, due to the level of casualties, the soldiers were re-assigned to a variety of units. This is when Charles will have joined the 13th Battalion and been issued with the above later number.
On the day he was killed, the Battalion was in trenches at Ploegsteert Wood, just north of the French town of Armentieres, across the border into Belgium. The Battalion's War Diary describes the day as being "very quiet", which characterised the War in this sector. The Diary makes no mention of a fatality only referring to one soldier being wounded. This, however, is almost certain to have been Charles.
The Stockport Express, in its edition of 4 January 1917, published a number of "in memorium" notices including one from his "loving sweetheart, Mollie Whyatt":-
"Not dead to those who loved him
Not lost, but gone before
He lives with me in memory still
And will for evermore"