Charles Bryce was born near London in 1877. In London, he worked with Sir Winston Churchill at the London Morning Post as a staff photographer. During the Indian campaign, he served with the 4th Hussar regiment and later upon the outbreak of the Boer War, Bryce served under Colonel R. G. Kekwick at Kimberley.
In 1899, Bryce photographed the battles at Dundee and Elandslaagte. He recorded the march of 13,000 troops with Lord Methuen from the Orange River Station to Kimberley and later journied to the Modder River where Boer forces under Koos de la Rey battled the British. Later he traveled with Sir Winston Churchill near Estcourt, but was not captured there with Churchill. Bryce later surfaced with the Highland Brigade on December 11, 1899, when General Methuen attacked the Boers near the Magersfontein hills.
After the Battle of Diamond Hill, Bryce and General Roberts linked up with General Buller from the Natal-Pretoria Railroad. On August 27, Bryce photographed the last major battle of the war at Bergendal, when General Buller forged the British counterattack and victory.