Lieut A. Sykes R.E. (see post 21) is proving to be an interesting character and difficult to pin down precisely. He is listed in the 2nd Battalion Queen's Regiment list as being attached from 219 Field Park Coy, R.E. whose War Diary has many mentions of him: 17th June 1943. Lieut. A. Sykes R.E. posted to this unit from H.Q. R.E. 3rd July 1943. Lieut. Sykes R.E. proceeded to Ranchi with bridging equipment and handed it over in toto to 1019 Bridging Section I.E. 6th July 1943. Lieut. Sykes returned to unit. 22nd August 1943. Lieut. A. Sykes R.E. with 41 O.R.s attached to 16th Infantry Brigade for exercise TRUMP II. Equipment taken consisted of 2 sets of S.B.G. Bridges, Divisional reserve of tools and water supply equipment. 1st September 1943. Lieut. A. Sykes with party of 41 O.R.s returned to unit on conclusion of exercise Trump II. 20th September 1943. Lieut. A. Sykes admitted to 18 B.G.H. 6th October 1943. Lieut. A. Sykes discharged from 18 B.G.H. 10th October 1943. Lieut. A . Sykes with batman attached to 12 Field Coy. R.E. to accompany county boats by train do new divisional training area. 25th October 1943. Lieut. A. Sykes. R.E. and batman rejoined unit. 27th October 1943. Lieut. A. Sykes and batman attached to 2nd field Coy R.E.for special training in Jungle Warfare. 7th November 1943. Lieut. A. Sykes. R.E. attached for special training to 2nd battalion, The Queens. This is his last mention in the War Diary of the 219th Field Park Coy. R.E. and it is presumed, at this stage in my research, that he entered Burma as part of Bernard Fergusson's 16th Infantry Brigade. I found via the C.W.G.C. website that a Captain Alfred Sykes (291850) R.E. died on the 10th April 1944 and is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial. This date would tie in with Operation Thursday but the C.W.G.C. entry does not give his unit. A quick check of the London Gazette shows that C.S.M. Alfred Sykes (291850) was commissioned as a 2nd Lieut. on the 17th June 1943 (L.G. 15/10/1943). Coincidentally this is the same date that he was posted to 219 Field Park Coy, R.E.as a Lieutenant. His C.W.G.C. entry shows him to be the son of Mr and Mrs Alfred Sykes and the husband of Margaret Sykes. There are no other details given. An Alfred Sykes's marriage to Margaret A.Y. Overy was registered in Medway, Kent in 1933. This may not be him but would tie in with the Royal Engineer's connection to the Medway Towns.