Charles enlisted in the Citizens Military Forces (Reserves) on 30 May 1941 and posted to Australian Army Medical Corps Training Depot on 9 Jun 1941. He transferred to the A.I.F. on 6 Aug 1941 and was a member of the First Reinforcements that arrive at Dili, Timor, aboard "KOOLAMA”, on 22 Jan 1942, prior to the Japanese landing. After the campaign on Timor, he embarked with the unit, for Australia aboard the Royal Dutch destroyer “Tjerk Hides” on 16 Dec 1942.
He was Mentioned in Despatches, for Gallant and Distinguished Service, London Gazette, 25 May 1943 and in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No 119-3 Jun 1943. These are the two Gazettes for the Timor Campaign.
He was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training battalion as an Instructor on 17 Jun 1943. He embarked for New Guinea aboard "KATOOMBA” on 27 Aug 1943 and re-joined the 2/2nd on 2 Nov 1943 as a Trooper in No 4 Section, “B” Troop. He returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944. After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in No 4 Section, “B” Troop. He transferred to 53rd Port Craft Company on 26 Dec 1945, 44th Port Landing Craft Company on 2 Feb 1946 and 13th Small Ship Company on 11 Feb 1946.
He returned to Australia on 6 Mar 1946 and was discharged on 22 Mar 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp
Edited by Peter Epps