Charles was born on the Englefield Estate, near Theale Reading, where his father Richard was the land agent. In 1901 he was living in Clifton, Bristol where he had started his career as a bank clerk. By 1911 he'd moved back home, joining his remaining brother (one having died, the other had emigrated to Canada), his sister and widowed father.
He later moved to Lloyd's bank in Folkestone and in 1915 was a key witness in the trial of a Canadian soldier who had embezzled money from his sergeant's mess. Soon after, he enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regiment. On 16th February 1916 he was married at St Andrew's Wanborough to Lotmead Farm's Elsie Wiseman, sister of his bank clerk colleague Bruce.
Charles's regiment was part of the 2nd/4th Battalion, part of 48th (South Midland) Division, 145th Brigade; he served initially as a private and later as a second lieutenant. He was killed in action, aged 33, on the 12th October 1917 at the first battle of Passchendaele, which occurred towards the end of the third Ypres offensive. He has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 105-106 at the Tyne Cot memorial at Zonnebeke, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium.
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