Charles William Dewey was born in 1885 and baptised on 14 Jun 1885 in Hythe, Kent, the son of Harry William and Christine Laura Dewey. The family was living in 12 Fore Street, Hertford by 1891, where his father was an outfitter's manager. They had moved to Much Hadham in 1901 and Charles was working as a carman, but by the 1911 Census he was living alone at The Stables, Hadham Towers, Much Hadham and was employed as a domestic coachman. His sister Hildegard also worked there as a servant. He married Nellie Mears in 1911 in Bishop’s Stortford and they had two children, Emily Laura born 17 September 1912 and Charles Philip Arthur born 12 November 1913, He was working as a chauffeur for H. Sparrow Ltd in Bishop's Stortford and was living in Castle St, Bishop's Stortford before he enlisted.
(His widow remarried in 1923 to Thomas Perry and lived at The Hoops, Perry Green, Much Hadham.)