Joe Sykes (c.1900-1918)

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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, JOE. Private. No 63852. 2/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Born Slaithwaite. Lived 11 Sugden's Buildings, Slaithwaite. Attended West Slaithwaite Church School. Was a member of the local branch of the Y.M.C.A. and the Liberal Club. Enlisted February 1918. Embarked for France in July, 1918. Killed in action near Rheims on 29.7.1918, aged 18 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated SOISSONS MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His parents received a letter from his Sergeant informing them that, 'he was killed instantenously and suffered no pain. He died a soldier's death, remaining at his post to the last during a heavy bombardment. During the time he was with the platoon he was a quiet and willing lad. The Sergeant says that he personally assisted in burying him near the place where he met his death and his comrades made and erected a cross which, though only rough, proved how he was missed'. The grave must have been destroyed in later fighting.
ROH:- St. James' Church, Slaithwaite; Slaithwaite War Memorial.
Brother of Private TOM SYKES killed in action, 19.5.1917.

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