CHARLES EDWARD DILKES is the author of Remembering World War I: An Engineer’s Diary of the War. He volunteered for active duty as an engineer-soldier to fight in World War I when the United States declared war on Germany.
He was a wise man, a good and gentle person, quite formal yet entertaining, and very patriotic. He was religious and never used maledictions, as he referred to obscenities. Like many veterans who fought at the front lines, he did not like to talk about the War unless asked. After the War he became an inventor who went on to build a business in the printing industry.