Charles Albert Minty was born in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, in 1894. His father Alfred John was a sergeant in the police force and the family lived in the police station. Alfred was a career policeman and by 1911 he had risen to Superintendent and had moved the family to Goole, where they lived in the Court House. Charles would have been well used to the sights and sounds of local law enforcement, as the 1911 census shows not only the family living there but also one Able Seaman James Montifield in the police cells!
Charles did not follow his father into the police however, becoming a watchmaker’s apprentice instead. He soon joined up when war broke out, enlisting in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and serving with the 8th Battalion in France. He was wounded at the front in July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His father, by now the Superintendent of West Riding Police at Doncaster, was notified. Charles was discharged as unfit to serve in December 1916. To ensure he, and others like him who could no longer fight, was not persecuted with “white feathers” etc, he was awarded the Silver Badge which he could wear to show he had served.
After the war Charles went back to live with his parents and brother Alfred at the Police station in West Laith Gate, Doncaster where his father was then based. He went to live on his own in 1923, and opened a shop in Printing Office Street, (first at no. 26, then later moved to no. 5). By 1931 he was living in Sandbeck Rd with Olive Beatrice Minty, still owning the shop.
He died in 1982, aged 88, in Doncaster.