Edward Sykes (1885-1915)

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Edward Sykes (1885-1915)

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, EDWARD (EDDIE). Lance Corporal. No 9115. 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Born Leeches, Outlane 7.1.1885. Son of Mrs George Haigh, 66 Quarmby Road, Lindley. Educated Outlane Board School and Oakes Board School. Employed as a textile worker. At the time of enlistment, was living at 64 Garside Buildings, Cliffe End, Lindley. Was a well known local footballer, playing as a three-quarter back in the Fartown team. Single. Enlisted 8.1.1903. Killed in action near Kemmel on 19.9.1915, 30. Buried KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY. Grave location:- Row D, Grave 74.
His mother received a letter from her younger son, Lance Sergeant Harry Sykes, of the same Battalion who wrote, 'Just a few lines hoping you will bear up as much as possible when I break the news to you but we have had a bit of a rough time of it and our Eddie got killed in it. He has been buried in a proper cemetery not far from the firing line. I went down and saw his grave just after he was buried but I could not go to his funeral as I was too ill owing to having heard of his death and being knocked over myself and could not remember anything. I am alright now. He was a favourite out here and all the Company and a lot of the Battalion regret losing him. Remember me to all and I will write again when I am more at ease and settled.'
ROH:- Bethel United Methodist Church, Outlane; St. Stephen's Church, Lindley.

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