Charles was born in Hatfield, Herts, on 5th February 1890, the son of George Bray and Ester Bray (nee Lawrence).
Baptised on 29th October 1893, in Hatfield, with his two brothers Edward Albert and Ernest James.
1891 Census records Charles aged 1, living with his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters, George, Arthur, Ernest, Annie and Gertrude, at Waterside Cottages, Mill Green, Hatfield, Herts.
He attended Hatfield C of E School and Hatfield National School between 1895 and 1904.
1901 Census records Charles aged 11, at school living with his parents, brothers Arthur 18, Ernest 15, Albert 8 and sister Laura 3 in Waterside Cottages, Mill Green, Hatfield, Herts. By 1911 Charles was working as a house painter, still living with his parents 2 brothers and sister Laura 13, at Waterside Cottages, Hill Green, Hatfield, Herts.
Charles married Edith M. Staines in Barnet in 1915; they had two sons Harold and Cyril. Cyril died aged 5 months in March 1917.