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Charles was born in Wolverhampton in 1885, the son of Richard and Mary Jenkins. In 1901, they were living at 205 Charles Street, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, along with Charles’s sisters, Annie and Nellie. Charles was a vermin trapmaker. They were at 15 Charles Street by 1911.

Charles enlisted in the 1st/9th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry (number 6/4671, and later 205249). He was killed in action on 21 July 1918 in France. He is buried at Courmas British Cemetery, and he appears on the Wednesfield Village Roll of Honour.