Born: 7 May 1891 in Islington, London and baptised on 4 October the same year in St. Michael’s Church, Islington.
Family: He was the eldest of three children born to Alfred, a porter, and his wife Annie Mary. Annie Mary remarried to William Edwin Sands in 1901 and Charles had two step siblings from this marriage. Charles married Lizzie de Bank in 1912 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and together they had three children – Sydney, George T and Charles D. Lizzie sadly died in 1920. He married Martha A Ashley (nee Evanson) in 1922 in Wem, Shropshire and together they had a child – Frances M. Charles also had a step child (from Martha’s first marriage) – Arthur J Ashley.
Residence: When Charles was baptised the family were living at 105 Bingfield Street, Islington, Middlesex. By 1901 they had moved to Coton, Shropshire; in 1911 he was boarding at 41 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch. The 1919 Absent Voters’ Register shows him living at 4 Cambrian View, Whitchurch where he lived until his death in 1952.
Employment: In 1911 he was a coal carter; in 1939 he was a lorry driver for a haulage contractor.
Died: In 1952 at Whitchurch Cottage Hospital, aged 60, and was buried 28 January the same year in Whitchurch cemetery.
Regiment: Border Regiment
Service Number: 28740
Date of Enlistment: Not known
Date of Discharge: Not known
Reason for Discharge: Not known
Other Information: Charles’ brother Sydney also served in WW1.