Charlie Bremner was brought up in Banff, the son of William Bremner and Mary Beaton. He was already serving in the 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders (a Territorial unit) when war was declared 1914. Just after his 16th birthday he left Britain with his comrades, bound for France. On 13th March 1915 the battalion went into action, attacking the strategic objective of Neuve Chapelle. Over 300 casualties were sustained during this operation. Charlie is commemorated, together with other casualties of this action, at the nearby Le Touret memorial.