Arthur William Sykes was a textile designer and woollen manufacturer.
He was born on 8 July 1868, the son of James Sykes and his wife Sarah Ann (née Bennett), and was baptised on 29 May 1870 at Ramsden Street Independent Chapel in Huddersfield.
He married Laura Ellen Dawson, daughter of building contractor James Dawson, in 1898. The couple did not have any children.
Laura Ellen Sykes died on 13 March 1957, aged 87.
Arthur William Sykes died on 21 September 1959, aged 91, leaving an estate valued at £11,958 17s. 7d.