Eric Turner Sykes (c.1895-1917)

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.
Eric T. Sykes (© IWM HU 118834)

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, ERIC TURNER. Captain. 5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Son of James and Emma Amelia Sykes, 'Dungarth', Honley, Huddersfield. Educated at Almondbury Grammar School, The Leys School, Cambridge, and was an exhibitioner at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, when war broke out. He joined the University OTC and received his commission in November, 1914. Embarked for France in December, 1915. Was wounded, 3.9.1916, and sent home for convalescence. He returned to France in March, 1917. At 4am on 3.5.1917 he was wounded in the right arm and hip during the early stages of the Battle of Bullecourt. His injuries were attended to but, in organising a counter-attack at noon on the same day and endeavouring to bring a machine gun into action, an enemy machine gun was trained on him and a comrade who was at school with Captain Sykes. The comrade was wounded and taken prisoner and Captain Sykes was killed on 3.5.1917, aged 22 years. Buried BAILLEUL ROAD EAST CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row D, Grave 22.
ROH:- Honley War Memorial; Almondbury Grammar School; Huddersfield Drill Hall.