The son of Joseph and Eliza Hood, Charles was born in Wolverhampton in 1888. By 1901, the family had moved to Aston, Warwickshire, living at 139 Palace Road. Charles lived with his parents and siblings Joseph H. J., Albert W., Lilian V. and Edith M. Charles married Clarissa E. Dean in Aston in 1910. By 1911, the couple were living at 7 back of 72 Green Lanes, Aston, with their daughter, Edith Lilian. Charles was now a packer for an engineer. The couple also had two further children, Joseph W. and Doris M., in 1914 and 1916 respectively.
Charles enlisted with the 1st/8th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (number 204042). He was killed in action on 4 October 1917 in Belgium. He is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial.