Charles was in Weymouth with his Regiment on April 24th 1915, just four days after enrolling. It was not too long before he found himself in trouble, although the offence seems to have been minor and perhaps had extenuating circumstances. His conduct sheet states that on August 24th 1915 when on active service he was absent from a Tattoo until 9.30am on the 26th of August. He was missing for one and a half days. The witness was one Sergeant Chapman and his punishment was being confined to barracks for fourteen days. He also lost two days pay. The place of the offence is given as Stobs, a training area in the Scottish borders, and perhaps Charles was late returning from leave. Getting to the Isle of Man and back cannot have been easy over a short period of time. However this is purely conjecture
Charles conduct record. The incident of being absent without leave from a Tattoo is the only blemish on an otherwise exemplerary record.