Charles was born in Worcester in 1898, the son of George and Alice Emmeline Eglington. On 22 June 1898, he was baptised at St Mary Magdalene Church in Worcester. By 1901, the family were living at 9 Sweetman Street, Wolverhampton, along with Charles’s baby sister Hilda May. They had moved to Noel House, 16 St Judes Road, Wolverhampton, by 1911, and Charles had gained a brother, Cecil Jack. Charles was taught at Tiffins School, Kingston-on-Thames, and later was a pupil at the Higher Grade School in Wolverhampton. He later worked for Sunbeam Motor Car Company.
At the age of only 16, he joined the Army shortly after the outbreak of war, enlisting with the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (number 681615) under his middle name, Leslie. Despite his youth, he showed great bravery, and the captain of his battery described, in a letter to his parents, how “On one occasion, when one of the detachment was badly wounded, he went out from the shelter to bring him in under very heavy shell fire.” Unfortunately, Charles (or Leslie) was killed in action on 15 October 1917. This was reported in the Express & Star on 22 October 1917 and the Midland Counties Express on 27 October 1917, by which date his parents’ address was given as Merton House, Merridale Road, Wolverhampton. He is buried at the Cement House Cemetery in Belgium, and remembered on the roll of honour of the Higher Grade School.