Charles took part in the Gallipoli landings and served on Gallipoli for the whole of the campaign without any recorded illness or wounds.
Charles arrive in France in April 1916, and in July was treated for shell shock. In September 1917, he returned to France as part of the Anzac Provost Police Corps. This unit was responsible for the discipline and prisoners of war. In April 1918 he was assigned to duty with 3rd Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery. In September, he was part of a group undertaking salvage work at Mont St Quentin. To entertain themselves they started shooting at tins and bottles. Charles’ shot caused the explosion of a small shell. He was struck and killed instantly. He is buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery.
His effects, returned to his mother, included 3 scarves, 2 hairbrushes, 2 wallets, a devotional book, a pipe and tobacco pouch, and a pair of scissors.
Charles’ story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.