Edward Charlton was born in 1911 and educated at Rutherford Technical College, Newcastle upon Tyne. He served an apprenticeship with the Ashington Coal Co. and in 1940 gained his Manager’s Certificate. In 1942 he became Safety Superintendent at Bolsover Colliery, Derbyshire, then later Under Manager at Silverwood Colliery and Manager at Monk Bretton Colliery, both in South Yorkshire. In 1955 he moved to Lancashire as Group Manager for the Chanters, Howe Bridge, Bleford, Gibfield and Parsonage collieries west of Manchester. In 1958 he returned to the North East as Deputy Chief Mining Engineer in the South Durham Area, later being promoted to Chief Mining Engineer for the area.
In 1975 he carried out consultancy in Columbia for the United Nations.
Charlton was NEIMME President in 1972-73.
Charlton, E. and Hornsby, C.D Underground water considerations in the Northumberland and Durham Coalfield in Institution of Mining Engineers Symposium on Environmental Engineering in Coal Mining. Harrogate 1972, 153 – 175.
Charlton, E. The changing role of the mining engineer. [Presidential Address NEIMME] Mining Engineer 132 1972-73, 287-289
Carr, W. and Charlton, E. Impression of a visit to the Ruhr coalfield. Mining Engineer 132 1972-73, 545-553