The son of Alfred Richard and Mary Elizabeth, Charles was born in Shifnal on 14 March 1894. In 1901, they were living at 74 Greathampton Street, Wolverhampton. By 1911, they were living at 54 North Road, Wolverhampton, along with Charles’ siblings Percy Alfred, Jane Elizabeth, George Richard, Olive May, Edith Annie, Howard Sidney and Gladys Muriel. Charles was working as an errand youth in the china trade. On 8 May 1911, Charles started working as an Engine Cleaner for the Wolverhampton Division of the Great Western Railway, based at Oxley Station. In November 1912 he became a Fireman for the railway.
On 5th February 1915 he resigned to join the 16th Lancers, according to his railway employment records, although his medal index card suggests he became a Driver with the Royal Field Artillery (number 94081).
After the war, he was discharged and returned as a Toolman for the Great Western Railway on 2 June 1919. He died in Wolverhampton on 12 December 1919. He is listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site, as well as on the Bushbury war memorial, so his death was presumably due to his military service during the First World War.