Armadale & District War Memorial Association

Registered Scottish Charity No. SC044493

John Gordon Sykes

Italian Bronze Medal

T/1309 Staff Sergeant John Gordon Sykes

10th Royal Scots / Army Ordinance Corps


Bronze Medal for Military Valour. (LG 12/09/1918) - Link 


John was the son of Joseph and Catherine Sykes, he was born in Armadale in 1886.

John was a Mechanical engineer and a Sergeant in the Armadale Company, and he was mobilised the day war was declared.


John spent some time on the East Coast of Scotland with the 2nd/10th (Cyclists) Battalion, The Royal Scots.

On the 18th January 1915 he was sent to work with the Army Ordinance Corps, on special engineering duties in munitions work, and he later went to a specialist school for the mechanical side of big guns, and from there he was passed on to Russian’s, ultimately being attached to the Italian Artillery where his services were very much appreciated.


John first served in Italy arriving there on the 9th April 1917, and he later went to France with the Italian Army.


Medal entitlement of Staff Sergeant John Gordon Sykes:


British War Medal

Victory Medal

Italian Bronze Medal

John Gordon Sykes Burgh Medal

John’s Burgh Medal courtesy of his Grandson John Sykes


John’s Medal Index card confirms his Service with the Army Ordinance Corps, but his Burgh Medal states Royal Garrison Artillery?


John's Medal Index Card