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Charles was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of John Thomas and Dinah Annie Salter. In 1911 they were living at Badger Heath (Shropshire) near Wolverhampton, together with Charles’s brothers John William, Thomas, George, Sam and Harry, and sister Annie. By this date, Charles was a waggoner on a farm.

On 10 November 1914 Charles enlisted at Lichfield with the 9th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 15765), when his address was Burnhall Green, Patshull, near Wolverhampton. His trade was listed as Waggoner and Farm Labourer, working for a Mr Kemp of Burnhall Green. His father John was listed as his next of kin. He was appointed paid Lance Corporal and later Acting Corporal before being made Lance Sergeant. He served in France from August 1915 and then in Italy for 12 months, before contracting influenza in November 1918. He was awarded the Military Medal (which was listed in the London Gazette on 16 August 1917) and the Meritorious Service Medal (announced in the London Gazette on 1 January 1919).

Charles survived the war, but I have been unable to confirm further details about him.