Charles Strangway Linton was born at Llandaff, Glamorgan in 1881, the 3rd Son of Henry Piper Linton (solicitor) and Julia Linton (née Fryer), of Llandaff Place, Llandlaff, Glamorgan.
He was commissioned in to the 3rd Battalion Welsh Regiment (Militia) as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 10th April 1900.
On the 14th September 1901 he transferred to the regular army joining the Worcestershire Regiment. He was promoted to Lieutenant on the 16th January 1904.
He served with the 4th Battalion in Bermuda, Barbados, Malta, India. He was promoted to Captain on the 28th June 1911. From 23rd November 1910 to 24th November 1913 he was the Adjutant of the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.
In 1914 he moved to the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment and on the 5th November 1914 sailed with the Battalion on the troopship “Maidan” to Havre, arriving the following day.
A week after landing in France he was involved in the fierce fighting around Neuve Chapelle and on the 10th March 1915 during the Battle for Neuve Chapelle he was wounded.
After recovering from his wounds he was posted to Army H.Q. and was appointed Staff Captain at the Canadian Corps on the 19th April 1915. He was awarded the Military Cross for his good work on staff during the battles of 1915. On the 22nd May 1916 he was promoted to Major for distinguished service in the field and in June 1916 was awarded the D.S.O. for service in the field at Army H.Q. On the 1st February 1917 he was appointed G.S.O. 2 (General Staff).
On the 21st July 1917 he took over command of the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment as Acting Lieut.-Colonel. During the Battle of Poelcappells near the Namur Crossing (9th October 1917) he was awarded a bar to his D.S.O. for his able and fearless leadership in that battle.