The son of Charles W. and Mary D. Darwin, Lieutenant Charles John Wharton Darwin, of the Coldstream Guards, received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2469 on an L. & P. biplane at London & Provincial School, Hendon on 13 February 1916. In 1918, he scored five victories flying the Sopwith Dolphin with 87 Squadron.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Capt. (A./Major) Charles John Wharton Darwin. (FRANCE)
This officer has proved himself, an exceptionally skilful and gallant patrol leader, conspicuous for utter fearlessness and disregard of danger. On a recent occasion, in company with one other machine, he attacked a formation of fourteen Fokker biplanes, one of which was shot down and crashed. He has accounted for three hostile aircraft.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 8 February 1919 (31170/2031)