Charles enlisted in the Australian Military Forces (Reserves) on 13 Feb 1942 with Service No W57674 and was posted to 9th Battery, 3rd Australian Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA) as a Gunner. He joined the A.I.F on 19 Jul 1942 with Service No WX25521. He transferred to 32nd Australian Infantry Training Battalion on 8 Aug 1944 then to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 27 Nov 1944.
He joined the 2/2nd on 31 Jan 1945 and embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in No 3 Sect, “A” Troop. He returned to Australia on 15 Sept 1945 and was discharged on 25 Oct 1945.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below.