Charles Clinton was born in Wolverhampton in 1889, the son of Thomas and Harriet Clinton. In 1901 they appeared at 108 Sweetman Street, together with Charles’s siblings Elizabeth and Frank. In total, his parents had seven children, although four of them had died by 1911.
In 1907, Charles enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 8366) and served in South Africa before the First World War, and he was listed as a private in this regiment in the 1911 census. He was killed in action on 3 November 1914 and is commemorated at the Harlebeke New British Cemetery in Belgium. He appeared in the Express & Star on 19 January 1915. After Charles’s death, his father requested to receive his medals, by which date the family address was 32 Gough Street. A pension of £14 8s. 4d. was paid to the family.