Arthur Sykes (c.1896-1917)
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, ARTHUR. Sergeant. No 2449. 2/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Upperthong, Holmfirth. Son of Company Sergeant Major H J Sykes DCM and Mrs Sykes, Market Street, Holmfirth. Educated Holmfirth Technical Institute. Employed as a clerk by Messrs S. and S. Butterworth, Lower Mills, Holmfirth and then by Messrs Armitage and Rhodes of Ravensthorpe. Attended Holmfirth Wesleyan Sunday School. Was a member of the local Territorials prior to the outbreak of the war. Mobilised in August, 1914. He underwent training in Lincolnshire, Doncaster and Bedford. He followed the example of his father, who gained the DCM in the trenches at Ypres and was granted his discharge in 1916, after 31 years with the Volunteers and the Territorials. Had been in France for five weeks when he was killed in action on 14.2.1917, aged 20 years. Buried AUCHONVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row K, Grave 9.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Serjeant ARTHUR SYKES
- regiment: Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
- died: Wednesday, February 14, 1917
- age: 20 years
- record ID: 72142
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #72142)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #4341012)