"A young man of great promise, who in the morning of life, and within an hour or so of the bugle call to cease fire gallantly laid down his life for his country."
Charles was the youngest son of Charles Ewbank and Alice Raine of 6 Horsemarket. Charles' father was a plumber and ironmonger. Charles William had four brothers and sisters: Henry (Harry) Ewbank (who also served in the War - see separate entry in database); Lottie Thompson; Bertha; and Olive. The children were all born in Barnard Castle.
According to the family, Charles and Wilfred Owen, who were both 2nd Lieutenants serving in the same regiment, knew each other. Internet research shows that Wilfred was in the Manchesters, attached to the 2nd Battalion, and we know that Charles was in the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), 3rd Battalion and attached to the Lancashire Fusiliers, 16th Battalion. Wilfred was killed in action during the crossing of the Sambre-Oise Canal. The Lancashire Fusiliers, took part in that battle. Wilfred was killed on 4 November a week before the signing of the Armistice, almost to the hour. Charles' death occurred the day before Wilfreds'. It is probable, therefore, that the two men would have known each other, being of the same rank in Regiments that both took part in the crossing of the Sambre-Oise canal, and killed within a day of each other.
Charles' family received a Memorial Scroll from His Majesty, King George. He was much respected by his fellow officers and is described as being of a very amiable disposition.
There is no service number on CWGC or Charles' Medal Rolls Index Card.