Company B, the 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, died on 26th October 1914 near Ypres aged 24. Eight of the officers of Company B were killed in the space of three days between 24th and 26th October, six of whom have no known grave, including Charles, he is remembered on the Menin Gate. By the beginning of 1915, only one of 30 officers were still with their unit.
Charles was in the regular army, entering in 1908, having been at Malvern College from 1905-1907. He was with his battalion in Gibraltar in 1912, when it was reviewed by King George V, and he subsequently went with it to Pietermaritzburg.
He was the fifth child and fourth son of Edward Hume, a barrister with chambers at 4 Kings Walk, London, who lived in Weybridge. He was born on August 1st 1890 in Oatlands, Weybridge, Surrey, and his mother Agnes had died in 1898, when Charles was eight. His eldest brother, Edward, also in the South Staffordshires, died in August 1915, but his other two brothers, Alan and Bertram, survived the war and lived to old age.