C/MX57846, Chief Petty Officer, Royal Navy, HMS Porcupine.
Died Of Wounds on the 9th December 1942 aged 26.
Charles was born in Kings Norton, Worcestershire on the 16th May 1917 and was the second son of Francis & Daisy Canning who later moved to " Ivanhoe" , Walkern.
He joined the Navy when he was aged 18 and married in 1939. He and his wife, Alma, lived with their son in Grange Road, Gillingham, Kent.
HMS Porcupine was a 1540 ton P Class Destroyer which was torpedoed on the 9th December 1942 by the German submarine U-602 whilst 70 miles North-east of Oran. She was towed to Arzeu where her wounded were put ashore. Later the ship was towed to the UK but was never repaired.
Charles is buried in the Le Petit Lac War Cemetery, Oran, Algeria. (E.B.15.)