Charles was born in Great Wratting, Suffolk, son of Walter J. and Susan Mizon, of Gun Rd. Cottage, Knebworth Station, Stevenage, Herts. Lived in Biggleswade, Beds. and enlisted in London. The 1911 Census confirmed that he was enlisted in Lincolnshire Regiment, so he was a pre-war professional soldier. On the 2nd December 1908 Charles was amongst the men of the 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment who embarked for service in India.