Charles was born in October 1887 and lived at Upper Hill Street, Toxteth Park, Liver pool with his Father Joseph and his mother Elizabeth. The family were originally from Shropshire and John’s ran a family business as a greengrocer. He had on older sister Lilian Elizabeth who was three years older than Charles. At the time of the 1901 census the family were still living in Toxteth but it was noted that the family also owned a home in Church Stretton, Shropshire.
By the time of the 1911 census Charles was a boarding student aged 22 and resident at the Church Of England Training College, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, which suggests he could have been training to become a teacher or even a minister of religion. At this time Charles’ family had moved to Cilcain and lived at a house called Glanaber, Pentre, which still carries this name today.