Ronald Sykes (1885-1918)

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.


Ronald Sykes was born on 6 July 1885, the son of Israel Sykes and his wife Mary (née Midley), and was baptised on 4 October 1889 at All Hallows, Almondbury.

By 1911, he was working as a warehouseman for a worsted manufacturer.

He married Fanny Kilner, daughter of weaver George Kilner, on 10 June 1911 at Holy Trinity, South Crosland.

Fanny Sykes died on 22 September 1968.

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, RONALD. Private. No 202497. 2nd Battalion The Royal Scots Fusiliers. Born 2 Hood Royd, Almondbury, 6.7.1885. Son of Israel and Mary Sykes of Almondbury. Educated at Almondbury Elementary School. Employed as a warper by Messrs Walter Sykes Limited, Zetland Mills and later by Messrs Kaye and Stewart. Husband of Fanny Sykes, Netherton. Enlisted 27.10.1916. Had been offered but had refused a commission. Killed in action at Dadizeele, Belgium, on 14.10.1918, aged33 years. Buried DADIZEELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 5, Row B, Grave 10.
ROH:- Almondbury War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission