He appears on the 1901 census of
as a four year old living at 3 Chapel Row Cottages, Wales
with his family. The family comprised: Charles
Marchant (head, aged 46 and working as a carter for a contractor), Lois
Marchant (his wife, aged 41) Florence Marchant (daughter, aged eight), Charles
Marchant (son, aged four), and Lily Smith (grand-daughter, aged two). In addition two lodgers, James Best (aged 20)
and Eliza Bailey (aged 21) were also staying at the cottage. Plumpton, Sussex
He first appears in Chailey’s Parish Magazine in December 1917 where he is recorded as, Marchant, Pte C W, 7th Reserve K L R. In January 1918 the magazine notes that he has transferred to the 12th Battalion of the King’s Liverpool Regiment and in May 1918 records the fact that he has been wounded. This information is then repeated up to and including the final published roll call in July 1919.
The National Archives’ medal index card gives Charles Marchant’s number as 87396.