Charles Fred Boyden was born in 1896, the son of James (a millwright) and Sarah Jane Boyden (nee Martin). In 1901, the family are living at 18 Dunstall Road, and Charles is listed alongside his parents, his brother Thomas and sister Alice, as well as Henry Holdom, a boarder. By 1911, the family has increased quite considerably (they now have five daugthers and three sons) and have moved to 162 North Street. Charles had become a boot and shoe operative. Charles enlisted with the 1/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3061). He first entered the War on 5 March 1915, in France. His entry in the Newhampton Road Wesleyan Church Roll of Honour Booklet, states the following:
Enlisted in October, 1914, in the 1/6th South Staffs. Territorials, and saw service in France and Belgium. First wounded in October, 1915, at the Hollenzollen Redoubt action, and was discharged from hospital in the following December. Again wounded 24th June, 1916, in “No Man’s Land” near Arras, died the same day in Field Hospital.
He is commemorated at the Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, in France. He is also listed on the Wolverhampton Roll of Honour.