Norman Sykes (c.1887-1915)

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Norman Sykes

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, NORMAN. Sergeant. No 1044. 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Marsden. Son of Mr and Mrs Hiram Sykes, Church Avenue, Linthwaite. Had worked with his father who was surveyor of the Slaithwaite Urban District Council. Prior to enlistment had been in business on his own account as a contractor. Had been in the local Territorials since 1908 and, for a couple of years previous to that, was a Private in the old Volunteers. Enlisted at the outbreak of the war with the rank of Lance Corporal. Married. Embarked for France in April, 1915, and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July, 1915. Died of wounds at a Field Dressing Station on 17.10.1915, aged 28 years. Buried FERME-OLIVER CEMETERY, ELVERDINGHE, BELGIUM. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row K, Grave 1.
His wife received a letter from Major William U Rothery, who wrote, 'You will no doubt have been informed that your husband didn't survive his wounds. He was wonderfully brave after he had been hit and we all thought he would pull through. I had a long talk with him whilst he was lying on the stretcher waiting to be carried to hospital. I assure you that his loss is a great grief to me. He was a splendid Sergeant and his fine personal character caused him to be liked by everybody. On behalf on myself, my brother Officers, and every member of the Company I offer you my deepest sympathy.'
ROH:- Linthwaite War Memorial; Huddersfield Drill Hall.

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