Charles enlisted in the 10th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.
The 10th Battalion was formed in Chester in September 1914. They trained in Codford St Mary and later moved to billets in Bournemouth. In May 1915 the Battalion moved to Aldershot, before sailing for France in September 1915.
In 1916 Charles saw action at Vimy Ridge, he survived heavy bombardments and they were constantly on the move, resting where they could and marching to the next trenches and engagements in the Somme.
Charles was wounded on Hill 63, Ploegsteert Wood in the Battle of Messines in April 1918. He was sent home to recover at Wilderness Howe, near the south coast.
After sick leave Charles was then sent to Army Signal school for 13 week course at Dunstable, Bedfordshire, before returning to his Battalion. Charles remained in England until he was demobbed in February 1919.
Charles wrote in his diary about his time training and seeing action in France, extracts of this have been transcribed.