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The son of Elizabeth and Lewis William Badham, Charles was born in Wolverhampton in 1894. By 1911, the family were living in St Albans, Hertfordshire, along with Charles’s siblings Joseph William and Hubert George. Charles was working as a milk carrier on the milk rounds.

In 1914, Charles enlisted in the 2nd Company, 1st Battalion of the Hertfordshire Regiment (number 2676). He was wounded, and died of these wounds on 28 May 1916. He is buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery in France.