Fred Sykes was a Communist activist who lived in Dryden Street, Leicester. He was active in the local unemployed and anti-fascist movement in
In August 1936, he was arrested and removed from the platform by the police whilst speaking in the Market Place. He was summoned for “shouting and behaving in a disorderly way”, although the case was dismissed.
Not long after, he volunteered to fight with the International Brigade in
A special memorial meeting was held in the Market Place to honour him. Bill Smith (see separate entry) said that: “Those that know him can visualise that Comrade Sykes would be in the forefront where danger was concerned. This party has lost its finest comrade and its finest trade unionist.”