Charles was born in Bilston in 1886. He married Olive Smith in Wolverhampton in 1908, and they had two children. In 1911, they were living at 89 High Street, Portobello, with their first child, Marrian. Charles was a tool setter at a nut and bolt works. He played for New Invention and Bilston United football clubs.
Charles enlisted with the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 10838). He first served in the Balkans from 21 July 1915. However, he was killed in action on 9 August 1915. He is remembered on the Portobello war memorial and on the Helles Memorial in Turkey. Notice of his death appeared in the Express & Star on 9 September 1915.