|St. James Roman Catholic Church|
With the outbreak of war, Charles joined up as soon as he was able. Despite the official age limit of 18, many younger boys were accepted into the ranks, as long as they met the height (5'3") and chest measurement (34") requirements.
After serving in World War I, Charles joined the consular service for a few years and then decided to become a Catholic priest. Charles studied at St. Edmund's College and the University of Fribourg before being ordained in 1926.
|Death notice for Charles Bernard Flood|
From Seafaring Bishops
Ten years later, he was made a Canon of the Westminster Chapter. He was also appointed administrator of the Crusade of Rescue, an organization to assist orphaned and destitute children.
Charles received quite a bit of recognition for his work with orphaned children. In 1961, Pope John XXIII was made a Domestic Prelate (Monsignor). A couple of years later, in January 1963, Charles was recognized by Queen Elizabeth and appointed to the Order of the British Empire.
Charles passed away on 17 December, 1963 at the age of 63.
Obituary for Charles B. Flood - The Tablet, 28 December, 1963.
Seafaring Bishops by Norman A. Bishop - contains a bit of info about Charles B. Flood and his maternal lineage.