Sylvester was living with his parents Samuel and Ada at West Street, Shelf in 1901, he had three brothers, Albert, Arnold and Cyril, he was the youngest aged 1. In 1911 the family lived at 42 Hungerhill, Queensbury, their eldest son Albert had died in 1905 aged 15.
Serving in the 6th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) Sylvester died of wounds on the 2nd July 1916 and is buried in BOUZINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (II. C. 23).
The Battalion war diary shows that on the morning of 1st July the battalion were in Aveluy Wood, Somme, they then crossed the river Ancre and took up a position in Thiepval Wood. At 15:30 they received orders to attack Thiepval (village) at 16:00. C and D companies went over the parapet but owing to machine gun fire and artillery had to retire to their own trenches.
On 2nd July the Battalion held the line near Thiepval, the enemy were reported to be massing for a counter attack, however this did not develop, though their position was heavily shelled, the battalion were relieved at 23:00hrs.
The CWGC record Sylvester as aged 17, the family grave in Queensbury Cemetery remembers Sylvester and has his true age of 16. His parents who were living at Haydn House, Queensbury, chose the following inscription for his CWGC headstone: “Thy Will Be Done”.