According to his attestation papers dated September 23, 1914 in Valcartier, Quebec, Charles William Rush was born in London England on January 27 1896. He listed his father George Rush, Burgess Avenue (present day Waniska Avenue), Humber Bay as his next of kin. He was single and a gardener. He was a member of an active militia and had 8 months experience with the 10th Royal Grenadiers, Toronto. He was 18 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 3 1/2 inches tall. He had blue eyes, sandy hair and a fair complexion. He was a member of the Church of England.
His brother George enlisted on the same day.
In the 1911 census he is living with is family on Salisbury Avenue (present day Park Lawn Road). The records indicate that his father George emigrated from England in 1891. His mother Florence and the children followed in 1903. Charles' birth year is recorded as being 1897 and so he was actually on 17 years old at the time of his enlistment.
In the 1921 Toronto city directory he is listed as a steel worker living at 4 Davidson Crescent, Humber Bay.