According to his attestation papers dated January 24, 1916 at Mimico, Charles Lewis of Symons Street, Mimico was born on May 29, 1877 in Newport Mon, Wales. He listed his wife Elizabeth Lewis, Symons Street, Mimico as his next of kin. He indicated that he was a labourer and a member of the 12th Regiment York Rangers. He was 38 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall. He had blue eyes, black hair and a dark complexion. He was Anglican.
According to the 1914 Toronto City directory he was listed as a machinst living on the north side of Symons Street, Mimico.