When Charles was called up to do his national service, he served in the British Army, first in Germany, then on active service during the Korean War, and then served as a Queen's guard during the rest of his military career. Charles had gone into Korea felling sympathetic to communism, coming as he did from a poor family, the experience left him permanently repelled. He experienced a situation where he thought he was going to die, the memory of which stayed with him and formed his character. Some time after Charles' mother died, Charles and his younger brother, Frederick, learned they had an elder half-brother named Stern. He suffered from severe epilepsy and had been kept in a hospital his entire life. Although Charles' mother regularly visited her first son in the hospital, even her husband did not know the child existed. Stern died just a few years later and the family felt the need to cremate him, but it took longer than expected to spread his ashes. Charles and his brother Frederick spent the next few years travelling the world trying to find an appropriate place to spread their older half-brothers ashes, but through out their journey they missed their flight from Chernarus and had to remain until the next flight a week later. During this week, it wasn't just Charles' world that changed. The evacuation calls came, but Charles and his brother had no contacts to help them leave town. They had to stay, and fight whats to come next.