Rank: Lieutenant
Unit: 1st Squadron ROYAL FLYING CORPS
Date of Death: 26 June 1917
Age: 20
Cemetery: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

The 1901 Census confirms that Cyril had been born at Sowerby Bridge but was then living with his parents, Charles and Lucy, at 9 Sutton Lane, Stockport. Charles was a bank clerk. Cyril had attended North Manchester Grammar School and later trained as an electrical engineer. By the time of the Great War, Charles Street had been promoted to manager of the Gatley branch of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Bank  and the family was living at 2 Church Road. The Bank later became part of Barclays Bank

After the outbreak of war, he received a commission in the Cheshire Regiment and saw active service in France. On 11 September 1916, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as a Flying Officer (Observer). In February 1917, he received his pilot’s “wings”.

At 7.56pm, on 26 June 1917, Cyril took off from near Zonnebeke (in the Ypres Salient at Belgium). He was flying a Nieuport 17 (No. B1649). This was a very successful single-seater British fighter plane which had been introduced the previous year.  The squadron was flying on an offensive patrol and had shot up the German second line trenches. They were soon engaged in a dogfight with German aircraft.

A fellow officer serving with his squadron wrote to the family “He, with great gallantry, led a formation of our machines in an attack on an enemy formation of five or six machines, two of which were brought down. After the encounter, he was missing, but later in the evening, we had a message to say that he had come down just inside our front lines.” He was probably shot down by Leutnant Karl Allmenroder, of Jasta 11, who claimed a victory over a Nieuport at 9pm. Allmenroder was himself killed the next day.

Cyril’s body was never recovered and identified and he is commemorated on a Memorial to the Missing containing the names of more than 1000 airman who died in France and have no known grave.

(Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)

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