In 1901 Charles lived with his parents Michael and Ellen at 26 Priestley Hill, Queensbury, he had four brothers and two sisters. By 1911 Charles and his two sisters were living at 22 Catherine Slack with their father, his mother having died. Aged 21 Charles (shown as Charlie on the census) was employed as a cart driver, his sisters worked in the mills and his father for a brewery.
Charles served in the 9th Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) and is recorded as killed in action on 21st September 1918. The register of soldier’s effects shows that his siblings received an equal split of his monies. He is named on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL (Panel 6).
Herbert Stocks, a brother of Charles, served in the Northumberland Fusiliers, his enlistment address is shown as 54 Catherine Slack and his sister Violet is his next of kin.
A butcher by trade he had enlisted in May 1916. His service records show little of his military service, however his discipline sheet is available and records that he had a number of charges whilst in training, including overstaying leave, which saw him apprehended by the civil power in Halifax, for this he received 7 days field punishment number 2.