George Sykes (c.1894-1918)

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, GEORGE. Lance Bombardier. No L/18894. 'A' Battery, 186th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Born Huddersfield. Eldest son of the late Mr Bradley Sykes and Mrs Sykes, 12 Coldwell Street, Linthwaite. Attended Linthwaite Wesleyan Church. Employed as a weaver by Messrs W. and E. Crowther, Crimble Mills. Had been in France for nearly three years when he was killed on 13.10.1918, aged 24 years. Buried St. AUBERT BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 4, Row E, Grave 17.
His mother received a letter from his Commander who told her that her son was killed during a bombardment of unusual severity on the night of October 13th. The British guns, it appears from the letter of the Officer, had been brought close to the rear of the retreating Germans with the object of giving them an additional push at dawn when the counter battery work of the Huns fell upon them and Sykes and his friend were killed. Sykes was to have been promoted Corporal the following day for good work during the week.
ROH:- Linthwaite War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission