Charles enlisted on 8th September 1914. He entered the war in France on 13th January 1915. He was serving with the 2nd Field Ambulance when Capt W J E Bell, who was in command of the bearer Div during the operations commencing 9th May 1915, stated that on 21st May 1915 two Bearer subdivisions proceeded to Beuvry in relief of the bearers of No 3 Field Ambulance but Beuvry was heavily shelled in the evening, and after 10 p.m. one shell struck the school that was being used as a dressing station; there were no wounded in the dressing station at the time but one member of the RAMC was killed and five were wounded. Charles was one of the wounded, receiving a shell wound to his head and both legs. He was discharged "No longer physically fit for war service" on 18th April 1916.