Charles Edward Street was born on January 31, 1886 in Corrimal; he was one of seven at that point in time.
Charles’ brother owned a farm in Yanco/Leeton where he would often go to work as a farm hand. According to family, he smoked a pipe and had a very cheeky nature.
When war was declared in 1914, Charles was probably back in Corrimal to visit his family when he and his younger brother, Edwin, decided to enlist on June 22, 1916. He was thirty years old at the time.
He sailed from Sydney on October 7, 1916 to disembark at Plymouth, England on November 21, 1916.
The battalion trained for months before they were allowed to leave for France. Charles was a trained sniper.
He was in hospital on numerous occasions with scabies and high fevers of unknown origins. After one such stay, he re-joined his units and was given orders to head to the front line. It was an area 4 miles (6.4 km) south-west of Passchendale. By the time he had reached it, the password had been changed and he was shot and killed by Allied troops on September 30, 1917.
His body was tagged for burial but it was never found.
His parents were notified of his death by telegram approximately six weeks later.
Charles was awarded the British War medal and the Victory Medal. His name is on the Corrimal Memorial as well as the Menin Memorial Gate at Ypres, Belgium.