CPO Graham Street (Picture supplied by Royal Navy).
CPO Graham Street (Picture supplied by Royal Navy).
Navy

Navy remembers 'huge character' CPO Graham 'Sid' Street following his death at 58

The rugby enthusiast and underwater warfare specialist was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2017.

CPO Graham Street (Picture supplied by Royal Navy).
CPO Graham Street (Picture supplied by Royal Navy).

One of the 'biggest characters' in the Royal Navy has died of cancer, aged 58.

The service and the rugby union community is mourning the loss of Chief Petty Officer Graham 'Sid' Street.

With 35 years in the Navy, CPO Street was known for his love of rugby and charity work outside of his day job as an underwater warfare specialist.

The senior rating, originally from Little Clacton in Essex, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2017 and devoted much of his time to supporting families going through similar experiences.

He was involved with Rugby Against Cancer, Charlie’s Beach Hut and other organisations – raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to earn the British Empire Medal in 2020.

CPO Street was a player and coach for Royal Navy Rugby Union and ran in the Field Gun run for Portsmouth several times.

He joined the service in February 1987 and worked in many Portsmouth-based units, picking up nine service medals during his career. 

"Throughout his battle with cancer, he demonstrated fortitude and immense resilience in abundance; never allowing his trademark sense of humour and razor-sharp wit to wane," said Major Steve Cox RM, head of the Hasler rehabilitation centre at HMS Drake in Plymouth.

"His desire to help and support those around him never faltered and his positive influence will endure within every staff, whether civilian or military and personnel assigned to the Royal Navy Recovery Centre Hasler. It was a privilege to serve alongside him – he will be missed."

A Royal Navy spokesman said: "A huge character with an even bigger heart, Graham was renowned for naval anecdotes – known as 'Sid dits' – and was an inspiration and role model to many, continuing to pass on his passion for and experience of the navy to new generations of sailors, most recently at HMS Collingwood.’

Family members of CPO Street have requested privacy during this difficult time, and the date of a Service funeral at St Barbara’s Church, HMS Excellent, Portsmouth, is still yet to be confirmed.

It has been requested that donations are sent to Charlie's Beach Hut and that only family flowers should be presented.