Sydney Robert Wykes

Holiday-maker who drowned in a tragic accident

7th August, 1900
Buried at:  

A tragic accident whilst in Cornwall on holiday led to the death of Mr Sydney Wykes, age 34, a solicitor from Leicester.

Sydney was on holiday with three friends - Mr Webb, Mr Dexter and Mr Webb's father - when a morning swim at Poldu Cove went tragically wrong. Strong currents took hold of Mr Wykes and Mr Webb, pulling them both out to the open sea: Mr Dexter, an expert swimmer who had received a lifesaving medal, went to their aid, and successfully bought Mr Webb back to shore where he was revived. Going in to the sea for a second time, Mr Dexter attempted to save Mr Wykes, but was unable to do so, and perished himself during the attempt.

The two men are buried here together.


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