Charles was born in Stourbridge in 1896, the son of Charles and Edith Brindley. In 1901 they were living in Aston together with Charles’s siblings Harry, Gladys, Percy and Robert. Charles and his parents were at 14 Culwell Street, Wolverhampton, by 1911, together with siblings Frederick Augustus Harry, Edith Gladys, Percival Leonard, Reginald Robert, Eva Winifred, Ronald George and Bertram Horace. Charles was now a labourer for a dairy. He worked at Hickmans and Mould’s of Wolverhampton before he enlisted with the army.
In 1912, Charles joined the Army, enlisting with the 3rd Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (service number 5058), rising to become a Sergeant. As soon as the First World War broke out, he served at the front. His father died in 1914 at the age of 46, and his mother died in 1916 at the age of 48. He himself was wounded twice, before being killed in action on 31 July 1917. His picture appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 15 September 1917. He is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.