Arnold Walker Sykes (1875-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

SYKES, ARNOLD WALKER. Captain. 3rd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment. Born Huddersfield 26.6.1875. Son of John Henry and Emmeline Sykes, Bryancliffe, Huddersfield. Educated at Uppingham Public School, which he left in August, 1894. Was a member of the firm of Messrs Edward Sykes and Sons, woollen manufacturers, Gosport Mills, Outlane. Was greatly interested in amateur theatricals. For production by the Huddersfield Operatic Society he wrote 'A Merry Monarch' and 'The Squire of Harlington'. Was a freemason. Married, with three children. Lived 'Netherleigh', Huddersfield. Had long service with the Volunteers, in which he attained the rank of Captain. He joined the National Reserve on its formation and, on the outbreak of war, he was detailed for duty at the Halifax Depot and later at the York and Lancaster's depot at Pontefract, where he was appointed Adjutant. He was passed for general service and joined his Regiment in July, 1917. Killed in action, near Ypres on 30.9.1917, aged 42 years. Buried BEDFORD HOUSE ENCLOSURE No 2. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row E, Grave 12.
ROH:- Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield; St. Mary Magdalene's Church, Outlane; St. Andrew's Church, Stainland.