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, EDGAR. Private. No 2746. 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Slaithwaite. Son of Mr Allan Sykes of Holme, Slaithwaite. Lived with a friend, Norris Ellis and his mother at Hollins Glen, Slaithwaite. Employed at No 1 Mill of the Slaithwaite Spinning Company. Was a member of the local Territorials prior to the outbreak of the war. Embarked for France in April, 1915. On 19.12.1915, during a gas attack by the Germans, Private Sykes was seriously affected by the gas and whilst trying to escape from its effects he fell into the river near the lines and was drowned. Had he not been suffering from the effects of the gas he would have escaped his unfortunate death as he was a strong swimmer. He was 21 years of age. Buried BARD COTTAGE CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row A, Grave 28.
- ROH:- St. James' Church, Slaithwaite; Slaithwaite War Memorial; Huddersfield Drill Hall.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission