Enlisted mid-1915, Machine Gun Corps.
Charles was born on 4th May 1896 to Alfred, a gamekeeper, and Matilda (nee Arnold) and he was the couple’s first child. Alfred was a Brandon lad and Matilda came from neighbouring Wilton (Hockwold) and why they were living in Blidworth, Nottinghamshire during the 1901 census is unclear. When Charles was born they were living in Weeting but a year later, for the birth of their second child, Alfred, they had gone to Nottinghamshire. In 1901 Charles also had two other brothers, Frederick and Harry.
Ten years later, the 1911 census recorded the family as living back in Wilton. At this time Charles was aged 15 and had left school and was employed on a farm. The family had expanded and it was recorded that he had four brothers and three daughters. His mum was working as a charwoman but was listed as being the head of the family. The fate of Charles’ father, Alfred, is currently a mystery. The census initially recorded Matilda as being “married” on the census. There seems to have been some confusion because this was crossed out and the word “widow” was written on the form. However this too was amended and her status was re-written to read “married”.
Charles enlisted into the army in mid-1915 and not much is known about his war experience until 1918. In 1918 his mother, then living at 36 Bury Road, received an official letter stating that Charles had been wounded in his left thigh on March 26th. He had apparently only just returned to the fighting after having some home leave.
After the war Charles got married to Beatrice King in Sudbury, Suffolk. They went on to have three children, Joyce, John and Harry. Beatrice died in 1956 and Charles’ death was registered in King’s Lynn, in August 1989. He was 93 years old.