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Charles was born in Bilston in 1887, the son of William and Catherine. In 1901 they were living at Court 15, House 19 Wolverhampton Street, Bilston, together with Charles’s brothers Alfred and George, and sister Emma.. He married Isabell[a] Shones or Shores (both entries appear in the GRO index) in Wolverhampton in 1907, and they had four children, Queenie Isabel, Catherine Doris, Emily M. and one other.  In 1911 they were living at 39 House 15 Court Wolverhampton Street, Bilston, and Charles was a boatman.

On 8 August 1914, he enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 10618). He first served in the Balkans from 21 July 1915. He was killed in action in November 1916 “while giving help to a wounded comrade”. The date of his death is unclear, as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and “Soldiers Died in the Great War” have his death as 13 November, his Medal Roll Index card gives it as 15 November, the Army Register of Soldier’s Effects has it as 18 November, and the Midland Counties Express dated 6 January 1917 gives it as 21 November 1916. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, as well as on that for Bilston Priestfield (his address in the newspaper article is given as 8 Fleece Street, Priestfield)