Charles Washington Bezer was born in 1866 joined the Regiment (1st Bn) at the age of 19 in 1885. He served in India and on the North West Frontier. He was discharged from the 7th Bn in 1906 as a Colour Sergeant after 21 years years service, and had earned the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Rejoining in 1914 at the age of 48, Bezer was posted to 12th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers as Company Quartermaster-Sergeant, before being promoted to Warrant Officer Class II and serving as Company Sergeant-Mjor of 1 Company. Bezer was recorded as 'Missing' on 28 Sep 1915, and then as 'Prisoner of War' at Munster on 2 Oct 1915, Minden on 23 Mar 1916, Mannheim 1 June 1916 and Switzerland from 11 Aug 1916. Bezer was repatriated on 11 Sep 1917 and made Regimental Sergeant-Major of the 5th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. He was discharged in 1919.