Charles William Francis was born in in Bermondsey in 1885 to Charles and Elizabeth Francis. In 1891 he is shown as William, living with Parents and his father is a brewer’s drayman. In 1901 he is shown in Bermondsey, with father Charles, a widower, who is still a brewer’s drayman. Charles occupation looks like “engineer" but is difficult to read. In 1903 he joined the Rifle Brigade (his attestation paper survives) having served in the Militia (East Surreys) before then. By 1911 his father had remarried and moved, and is shown as the landlord of the Three Horseshoes at Hooks Cross, Datchworth, which accounts for Charles's appearance on the memorial, though, being in the army, he probably didn't live there much. Perhaps being a drayman for so many years helped his father get the tenancy.