Born: 1 April 1880 in Upper Whitley, Huddersfield, Yorkshire and baptised on 1 May 1880 at St. John the Evangelist Parish Church, Lepton, Yorkshire.
Family: He was the second of three children born to James Boynton, a coachman, and his wife Catherine (nee Cole). His siblings were James and Agnes. He married Florence Hubbard on 16 February 1909 at St. Paul`s Parish Church, Foleshill, Coventry, Warwickshire. No children can be found for the marriage.
Residence: By the time of the 1891 Census James, his mother (now a widow) and his siblings had moved from Yorkshire to Longton Terrace, Foleshill, Warwickshire and then to 394 Great Heath, Coventry, Warwickshire by 1901. Ten years later he and his wife were living at 67, Cowbridge Road, Pontyclun, Llantrisant, Glamorganshire, Wales. At the time of his enlistment in 1915 and on the Spring Absent Voters list his address was given as 97 Alkington Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. On the 1939 Register he was living at 47 Holland Street, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire.
Employment: Charles was described on the 1901 and 1911 Censuses as a bottler for a mineral water company. On his Attestation he gave his occupation as a mineral water manufacturer owning his own business. By 1939 he stated that he was a mineral water bottler.
Died: Quarter 1 1973 in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, aged 92.
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Service Number: 103263
Date of Enlistment: 23 June 1916
Date of Discharge: 29 May 1919
Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation