Charles Upperton enlisted into the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. After El Alamein Private Upperton volunteered for airborne forces, when the 2nd Bn, Sussex Regt became The 10th Parachute Battalion (10th Para Bn) in 1943.
He undertook parachute training at Kabrit in April 1943.
During Operation Market Garden he was part of the second Echelon of the Seaborne Tail. The stayed anchored off the European coast before returning to the UK.
Pte Upperton was then posted to the 2nd Parachute Battalion which was reforming at Ashwell Camp.