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Charles was born in Wolverhampton in 1888, the son of John and Mary Grosvenor. He was baptised at St Mark’s Church, Wolverhampton on 23 December 1888. In 1901 he was living with his parents and sister Mary at 71 Ash Street, Wolverhampton. He married Eliza Beatrice Bache in Wolverhampton in 1908, and they had a daughter, Beatrice A., later the same year. By 1911, they were living with John Grosvenor at 3 Cemetery Drive, Wolverhampton. Charles was an assistant manager overseeing sewing machines.

On 5 August 1914 Charles enlisted, first with the Army Pay Corps (number 1809) and then with the 5th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (number 58833), entering the war in France on 28 October 1914. In 1915 he was invalided home, and after his recovery he was engaged on home service. He returned to France on 6 April 1918, but was posted missing on May 27 – 29. This was noted in the Express & Star on 1 July 1918, by which date his wife’s address was given as 4 Western Terrace, Elm Street, Wolverhampton.

However, Charles did survive the war. The couple had at least two further children – Constance N. in 1914 and Freda M. in 1925. Charles died in Wolverhampton in 1951.