Charles was born in Withington in 1885 the son of James and Mary Helen Forsyth.
The 1891 census shows the family living in Eccles, 1901 in Salford and the 1911 census shows his address as 10 Bank Place, Salford.
Charles was a member of the Great Britain water polo team which won the gold medal at the 1908 London Olympics. He was one of three players from Salford Swimming Club who played in the team. Charles was also a champion swimmer with Salford F C. In 1904, he beat the rising star, Henry Taylor, for the ASA 220 yards freestyle title and later in the season he won the ASA 500 yards freestyle championship.
Charles attested for service with the 16th (1st City) Battalion, Manchester Regiment, on the 10th of September 1914. Serving at home until 16th June 1916 (reaching the rank of Sergeant in May 1916), to France in June 1916 until he was wounded in December 1916, discharged on the 1st June 1917, “being no longer physically fit for War Service”.
Charles died on the 24th of February 1951, he is buried in Weaste Cemetery, Salford.
His brother Cyril Alexander Forsyth also served with the Manchesters. The quoted information below was posted by Mack.
sgt 17626 cyril,alexander forsyth 20th manchesters B.coy 10 bank place,salford municipal clerk,salford corporation MM gazetted 11-11-16 for his actions at zillebeke bund commissioned 7-5-16,rose to the rank of captain wife mary,josephine forsyth died in the jewish hospital,cheetham on 11-4-1947 residing at 13 marston rd,salford