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Sykes, John David Wilson

Death of Srgt.-Pilot Sykes, Bow Vicar Bereaved, Bishop officiates at Service

Men of the Australian Air Force with whom he had flown, bore the coffin of Sergeant-Pilot David Wilson Sykes, the eldest son of Rev. and Mrs. J. Newton Sykes, of Tredegar Road., Bow, at his funeral, on Monday.

Sergeant-Pilot Sykes met his death in an accident. Aged 22, he was born in Vancouver, where his father (the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Bow, was then ministering). When the family came to Bow, the lad attended Coopers’ Company’ s School, in Tredegar-square, and later went on to King’ s College, London. As a second year Theological student he was exempt from military duties, but he volunteered for the Air Force, qualifying as a pilot. … … … ..


First name(s)John David Wilson
Date of birth23 February 1920
Place of birthKingston, Surrey
Family detailseldest son of Rev. and Mrs. J. Newton Sykes, of Tredegar Road., Bow
Previous educationCoopers Company School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1936-1940
Dept / courseFaculty of Theology
Military unitRoyal Air Force 150 Squadron Volunteer Reserve
Service number1285683
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death14/07/1942
Age at death22
Rank at deathSergeant (Pilot)
Cause of deathKilled in action.
Burial placeCity of London Cemetery & Crematorium Manor Park
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel; Roll of the Fallen, University of London O.T.C. & S.T.C.
SourcesKing’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

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