Melanie Sykes Divorce

Melanie Sykes, no relation to George Sykes, has gone through a divorce.  Here’s an article from DailyMail.

They were said to have embarked on a ‘trial separation’ in recent weeks and now Melanie Sykes is allegedly making her split with her roofer husband Jack Cockings, 27, official.

The move comes weeks after she was cautioned by police for common assault during an incident at home and The Sunday Mirror is reporting that Melanie has told friends there’s no going back.

They add that the 43-year-old has allegedly met with solicitors at a top London legal firm within the last two weeks as she prepares to end her seven month marriage.

Hard times: Melanie Sykes has reportedly met with solicitors at a top London legal firm as she 'prepares to end her seven month marriage'

Melanie has been pictured looking drawn and forlorn of late and without her wedding ring on.

A source told The Sunday Mirror: ‘Mel is devastated that she doesn’t seem to be able to save the relationship.

‘She fell for Jack very quickly, but was sure he was the right man. They were really happy but things deteriorated very quickly. Most of all she just feels embarrassed about how all of this has played out.’

They added: ‘Of course she still has feelings for Jack – she feels like the odds were stacked against them with the age difference but it’s no less painful for her.’

All over? Last week Melanie was pictured looking forlorn as she took a walk in London

All over? Last week Melanie was pictured looking forlorn as she took a walk in London

On Friday, Melanie Tweeted: ‘Evening all, I’m coming off here for a bit. But I just wanted to say I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and a wonderful NewyearX’ [sic]

Melanie and Jack haven’t been pictured together since the incident and Cockings has also deleted his Twitter account.

At the time of the incident, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘We were called to a residential address in Hampstead at 9.45pm following reports of an assault.

Happier times: Melanie Sykes and Jack Cockings married in May 2013

Happier times: Melanie Sykes and Jack Cockings married in May 2013

A woman, 43, was arrested on suspicion of common assault and taken to a police station. She has since been given a caution for common assault.’

A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: ‘The age difference just became too much. It’s not a case of Mel ending the marriage because Jack called the police. But what happened was obviously an indication that things weren’t right.

‘It’s hard to see how they’re going to be able to make the marriage work. The pressure has just been too intense.’

Brave face: Melanie has been keeping upbeat as a presenter on Let's Do Christmas Lunch with Gino and Mel

Melanie and Jack had an unconventional start to their relationship as they met on social networking site, Twitter, last year, where they exchanged a string of sexually charged messages publicly.

At one point, Melanie tweeted that she had ‘the giddiest knickers of my life’ and told Jack she had ‘the raging horn’.

In another, the smitten star wrote: ‘Jack the rabbit I need some bunny love so hop to it!! Xxx boing boing!!! Loooooool xxxxxxx’.

The couple got engaged in August 2012, before tying the knot in May 2013 in a lavish ceremony attended by the likes of TV presenters Eamonn Holmes and Des O’Connor.

Mel’s first marriage to actor Daniel Caltagirone ended in 2009 after eight years, during which they had two children – Roman and Valentino.

MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for Melanie Sykes for comment.

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George Sykes from Latin Library

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George Sykes (October 9, 1822 – February 8, 1880) was a career U.S. Army officer and a Union general during the American Civil War.

Sykes was born in Dover, Delaware. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1842 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 3rd U.S. Infantry regiment. He served in the Mexican War and Seminole War and was brevetted as a captain for actions at Cerro Gordo in Mexico.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Sykes was assigned as a major in the 14th U.S. Infantry. At the First Battle of Bull Run, he commanded the Regular Infantry Battalion, a collection of eight Regular Army companies from different regiments, the only regulars on the field. He continued his association with regulars in the early defensive positions around Washington, D.C. and then as a division commander of regulars in the Peninsula Campaign, the 2nd Division of the V Corps.

Sykes continued as a division commander through the battles of Second Bull Run, Antietam (in reserve), Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville (in reserve). He was promoted to major general after Antietam, on November 29, 1862. None of these battles demonstrated any aggressive or unique capabilities on his part. He was known to his colleagues by the nicknames “Tardy George” and “Slow Trot” Sykes. When corps commander George G. Meade was promoted to lead the Army of the Potomac on June 28, 1863, Sykes assumed command of the V Corps.

At the Battle of Gettysburg, his corps fought in support of the beleaguered III Corps on the Union left flank. In his 1st Division (James Barnes), the fabled defense of Little Round Top was led by brigade commander Strong Vincent and the 20th Maine Infantry under Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. His 3rd Division, the “Pennsylvania Reserves”, led by Samuel W. Crawford, attacked from Little Round Top, drove the Confederates across the “Valley of Death” and ended the deadly fighting in the Wheatfield. But there is little in the historical record that highlights any personal contribution made by Sykes.

In the Mine Run Campaign in the fall of 1863, Meade complained of Sykes’ lackluster performance (although this was frankly an example of the pot calling the kettle black). Meade and general-in-chief Ulysses S. Grant agreed that Sykes was not a good choice for the upcoming Overland Campaign in May, 1864, so when the Army of the Potomac was reorganized that spring, Sykes lost his corps and was sent to uneventful duty in the Department of Kansas.

Sykes finished his unremarkable career as a colonel in the U.S. Army. He died in Fort Brown, Texas and is buried in West Point National Cemetery.

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George Sykes

From time to time, we want to give some information on other George Sykes out there.  Here’s some info about General George Sykes from Civil War Home.

Known in the regular army as “Tardy George,” George Sykes was removed from a corps command in the Army of the Potomac’s spring 1864 reorganization; Grant had made his headquarters with that force and determined that Sykes was not the man he wanted for the offensive operations he planned. A Delaware native and West Pointer (1842), Sykes was a veteran of infantry service in both the Seminole and Mexican wars, earning a brevet in the latter.
The regular’s service in the Civil War included: captain, 3rd Infantry (since September 30, 1855); major, 14th Infantry (May 14, 1861); commanding Reserve Infantry Brigade, Army of the Potomac (August 186 1-March 13, 1862); brigadier general, USV (September 28, 1861); commanding Infantry Reserve, Army of the Potomac (March 13 – May 1862); commanding 2nd Division, 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac (March 18-December 1862 and January-June 28, 1863); major general, USV (November 29, 1862); commanding the corps (February 1-5, 16-23, and June 28 – October 7, 1863 and October 15, 1863 – March 23, 1865); lieutenant colonel, 5th Infantry (October 16, 1863); and commanding District of South Kansas, Department of Kansas (September 1 – October 10, 1864).
At 1st Bull Run he commanded the only regular army infantry on the field, an eight-company battalion from various regiments, and was highly effective in slowing the rout of the volunteers. He then commanded the regulars near Washington and in the midst of the Peninsula Campaign was given charge of a division composed mostly of regular army units. He had already fought at Yorktown and in divisional command participated in the Seven Days fighting. He was at 2nd Bull Run and in reserve at Antietam. Given a second star in the volunteer service, he fought at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville before taking charge of the 5th Corps upon George G. Meade’s assumption of army command just prior to Gettysburg. There he fought in support of the hard-pressed 3rd Corps on the second day. That fall, in the Bristoe and Mine Run campaigns, he behaved true to his nickname and was found lacking by Meade.
Prior to the Wilderness Campaign, Meade and Grant agreed upon his replacement and Sykes finished the war in Kansas. Mustered out of the volunteer service on January 15, 1866, he reverted to his regular army rank and died on active duty in Texas as colonel, 20th Infantry, and brevet major general for the war.
Source: “Who Was Who In The Civil War” by Stewart Sifakis

George Sykes

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George Sykes – Early Life & Career:

Born in Dover, DE on October 9, 1822, George Sykes was the grandson of Governor James Sykes. Marrying into a prominent family in Maryland, he received an appointment to West Point from that state in 1838. Arriving at the academy, Sykes roomed with future Confederate Daniel H. Hill. Detail and discipline-oriented, he quickly took to military life though he proved a pedestrian student.

Graduating in 1842, Sykes ranked 39th of 56 in the Class of 1842 which also includedJames Longstreet, William Rosecrans, andAbner Doubleday. Commissioned as a second lieutenant, Sykes departed West Point and immediately traveled to Florida for service in the Second Seminole War. With the end of the fighting, he moved through garrison postings in Florida, Missouri, and Louisiana.

George Sykes – Mexican-American War:

In 1845, Sykes received orders to joinBrigadier General Zachary Taylor‘s army in Texas. Following the outbreak of theMexican-American War the following year, he saw service with the 3rd US Infantry at the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. Moving south later that year, Sykes took part in the Battle of Monterrey that September and was promoted to first lieutenant. Transferred to Major General Winfield Scott‘s command the following year, Sykes participated in the Siege of Veracruz. As Scott’s army advanced inland towards Mexico City, Sykes received a brevet promotion to captain for his performance at theBattle of Cerro Gordo in April 1847.

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A steady and reliable officer, Sykes saw further action at Contreras, Churubusco, andChapultepec. With the conclusion of the war in 1848, he returned to garrison duty at Jefferson Barracks, MO.

George Sykes – The Civil War Approaches:

Sent to New Mexico in 1849, Sykes served on the frontier for year before being reassigned to recruiting duty. Returning west in 1852, he took part in operations against the Apaches and moved through posts in New Mexico and Colorado. Promoted to captain on September 30, 1857, Sykes participated in the Gila Expedition. As the Civil War neared in 1861, he continued on frontier duty with a posting at Fort Clark in Texas. When the Confederates attacked Fort Sumter in April, he was regarded in the US Army as a solid, uncompromising soldier but one who had earned the nickname “Tardy George” for his cautious and methodical manner. On May 14, Sykes was promoted to major and assigned to the 14th US Infantry. As the summer progressed, he took command of a composite battalion consisting entirely of regular infantry. In this role, Sykes took part in the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21. Strong in defense, his veterans proved key in slowing the Confederate advance after the Union volunteers were defeated.

George Sykes – Sykes’ Regulars:

Assuming command of the regular infantry in Washington after the battle, Sykes received a promotion to brigadier general on September 28, 1861. In March 1862, he took command of brigade comprised largely of Regular Army troops. Moving south with Major General George B. McClellan‘s Army of the Potomac, Sykes’ men took part in the Siege of Yorktown in April. With the formation of the Union V Corps in late May, Sykes was given command of its 2nd Division. As in the past, this formation largely consisted of US Regulars and soon became known as “Sykes’ Regulars.” Moving slowly toward Richmond, McClellan halted after the Battle of Seven Pines on May 31. In late June, Confederate General Robert E. Lee launched a counteroffensive to push Union forces back from the city. On June 26, V Corps came under heavy attack at the Battle of Beaver Dam Creek. Though his men were largely unengaged, Sykes’ division played a key role the following day at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill. In the course of the fighting, V Corps was compelled to fall back with Sykes’ men covering the retreat.

With the failure of McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign, V Corps was transferred north to serve with Major General John Pope‘s Army of Virginia. Taking part in the Second Battle of Manassas in late August, Sykes’ men were driven back in heavy fighting near Henry House Hill. In the wake of the defeat, V Corps returned to the Army of the Potomac and began pursuing Lee’s army north into Maryland. Though present for the Battle of Antietamon September 17, Sykes and his division remained in reserve throughout the battle. On November 29, Sykes received a promotion to major general. The following month, his command moved south to Fredericksburg, VA where it took part in the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg. Advancing to support attacks against the Confederate position on Marye’s Heights, Sykes’ division was quickly pinned down by enemy fire.

The following May, with Major General Joseph Hooker in command of the army, Sykes’ division led the Union advance into the Confederate rear during the opening phases of theBattle of Chancellorsville. Pressing up the Orange Turnpike, his men engaged Confederate forces led by Major General Lafayette McLaws around 11:20 AM on May 1. Though he succeeded in pushing the Confederates back, Sykes was forced to withdraw a bit after being counterattacked Major General Robert Rodes. Orders from Hooker ended Sykes’ offensive movements and the division remained lightly engaged for the remainder of the battle. Having won a stunning victory at Chancellorsville, Lee began moving north with the goal of invading Pennsylvania.

George Sykes – Gettysburg:

Marching north, Sykes was elevated to lead V Corps on June 28 replacing Major General George Meade who had taken command of the Army of the Potomac. Reaching Hanover, PA on July 1, Sykes received word from Meade that the Battle of Gettysburg had begun. Marching through the night of July 1/2, V Corps briefly paused at Bonnaughtown before pressing on Gettysburg at daybreak. Arriving, Meade initially planned to have Sykes take part in an offensive against the Confederate left but later directed V Corps south to support Major General Daniel Sickles’ III Corps. As Lieutenant General James Longstreetmounted an assault on III Corps, Meade ordered Sykes to occupy Little Round Top and hold the hill at all costs. Routing Colonel Strong Vincent’s brigade, which included Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain‘s 20th Maine, to the hill, Sykes spent the afternoon improvising a defense on the Union left after the collapse of III Corps. Holding off the enemy, he was reinforced by Major General John Sedgwick‘s VI Corps but saw little fighting on July 3.

George Sykes – Later Career:

In the wake of the Union victory, Sykes led V Corps south in pursuit of Lee’s retreating army. That fall, he oversaw the corps during Meade’s Bristoe and Mine Run Campaigns. During the course of the fighting, Meade felt that Sykes lacked aggression and responsiveness. In the spring of 1864, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant came east to oversee the army’s operations. Working with Grant, Meade assessed his corps commanders and elected to replace Sykes with Major General Gouverneur K. Warren on March 23. Ordered to the Department of Kansas, he assumed command of the District of South Kansas on September 1. Aiding in defeating Major General Sterling Price‘s raid, Sykes was superseded by Brigadier General James Blunt in October. Brevetted to brigadier and major generals in the US Army in March 1865, Sykes was awaiting orders when the war ended. Reverting to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1866, he returned to the frontier in New Mexico.

Promoted to colonel of the 20th US Infantry on January 12, 1868, Sykes moved through assignments in Baton Rouge, LA and Minnesota until 1877. In 1877, he assumed command of the District of the Rio Grande. On February 8, 1880, Sykes died at Fort Brown, TX. Following a funeral, his body was interred at the West Point Cemetery. A simple and thorough soldier, Sykes was remembered as a gentleman of the highest character by his peers.

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George Sykes

Major General George Sykes is a well known figure.  If you want to learn more about him, here’s a great articles from Rocemabra.

Forty-one-year-old George Sykes was the newest to command of any of the Union corps commanders. He had risen to the head of the Fifth Corps on June 28, three days before Gettysburg, occupying the position Maj. Gen. George Meade vacated when he was suddenly called up to lead the army. Sykes was also the least prepossessing of any of the high officers. Frank Haskell, General Gibbon’s observant aide, described Sykes at Gettysburg as “a small, rather thin man, well dressed and gentlemanly, brown hair and beard which he wears full, with a red, pinched, rough looking skin, feeble blue eyes, large nose, with the general air of one who is weary, and a little ill natured.” Another described him similarly as “lacking in vigor.” Sykes was a career army man, and like many school-trained officers, he observed regulations as a plodding but orderly means to an end. This trait had earned him the nickname “Tardy George” in his West Point days, implying tardiness of mind resulting from caution. The name stuck in the Regular Army where he continued his reputation for having “the slows.” It didn’t impede his career, however, for the army was an institution which appreciated such steady goers. According to one fellow officer who shared those values,

It would have been hard to find a better officer in the Army than Sykes . . . he was so thoroughly and simply a soldier, that he knew little of politics and cared less. His indifference to all civil matters was a subject of surprise to the civilian appointees who served with him.

He was unsympathetic and methodical, a man of details, diligent and untiring, but never hurried, never flurried; one of the coolest men in danger or confusion that we had in the whole Army. He enforced discipline like a machine and had apparently no more sentiment than a gun- stock.

For all his Old Army reserve, Sykes was a likable man. D.H. Hill, his roommate at West Point, described him as “a man admired by all for his honor, courage, and frankness, and peculiarly endeared to me by his social qualities.” (His social qualities must have been considerable indeed to endear Sykes, a New Yorker, to D.H. Hill, a notorious Yankee-hater.) Colonel Lyman sketched him as a “mild, steady man, and very polite.” To his subordinates, however, Sykes, with his fine bushy beard, and his stiff, crusty, unemotional manner, was a soldier through and through. For him the Army was life and all that it had to offer. Few officers or enlisted men could boast such a single-minded, lifelong commitment to one ideal.

Born in Delaware, he was the grandson of James Sykes, a noted physician and former governor of the state. He was appointed to West Point from Maryland in 1838 after marrying into a prominent family of that state. An unexceptional student, he graduated 39th out of 56 in the class of 1842 and was immediately dispatched to fight the Seminoles in Florida. By 1846 he had been promoted to first lieutenant, and at that rank fought throughout the Mexican War. Afterwards, he had served continuously in the lonely outposts of the southwest until the guns boomed at Fort Sumter. Many officers from Maryland, his adopted state, which was openly secessionist in sympathy, were resigning to fight with the South. But George Sykes had no qualms about his loyalties. The thought of leaving the U. S. Army never crossed his mind.

When the War started Sykes was in his prime and was recognized as a solid and uncompromising Old Army officer, even if he was a plodder. Thrust into command of the only Regular Army infantry on the field in the war’s first battle, First Bull Run, his career soldiers were invaluable in slowing the rout of the wild-eyed Union volunteers after that debacle. He was rewarded for his showing at Bull Run with a promotion to brigadier general in September 1861.

In March 1862, just before the Army of the Potomac embarked on its fighting debut on the Peninsula, Sykes was given charge of a brigade of Regulars, which he led at Yorktown. In mid-May, when the Fifth Corps was organized, Sykes was named to command its Second Division, composed mostly of Regular Army units. Under him, “Sykes’s Regulars” (as the division called themselves) stoutly defended their position at Gaines’ Mill on June 27, checking the Confederate attack until darkness enabled the Union army to be safely withdrawn. Sykes was first-named in corps commander Brig. Gen. Fitz John Porter’s commendations afterwards.

Two months later, at Second Bull Run, Sykes’s division in rear-guard action again helped save the fleeing army from destruction. (However, it was army commander John Pope himself who, when he saw Sykes’s men marching nonchalantly to the rear at the crisis of the battle, turned them around and put them in a defensive line.)

Sykes, with the rest of the Fifth Corps, was in reserve at Antietam. Soon after being promoted to major general (the appropriate rank for a division leader) in November 1862, he was only lightly engaged at Fredericksburg.

At Chancellorsville, Sykes’s Regulars led the Union army’s flanking column toward Lee’s rear at the beginning of the battle, but Sykes was unexpectedly confronted by a stronger Rebel force and was recalled to Chancellorsville by his nervous army chief, Maj. Gen. Joe Hooker. After this initial clash, Sykes and his men were unused for the rest of the campaign.

Thus, as the battle at Gettysburg approached, Sykes had been little used since the previous summer. He had proven his worth in defense, but never in attack. He had watched as rest of the army had caught up in discipline and fighting ability with his Regulars, and would probably never have advanced beyond his divisional responsibilities if fate hadn’t thrust him suddenly into corps leadership after Meade’s promotion.

Sykes had the advantages of a full military education and an army career, including long, reliable service as a division commander. His liabilities stemmed from his newness to command at the corps level and his constitutional lack of fire.

At Gettysburg
Sykes, with his First and Second Divisions, marched north from Union Mills to Hanover on July 1. The fighting west of Gettysburg that day allowed Meade to locate Lee’s army, and only then did Sykes receive Meade’s order summoning his force to Gettysburg–at 7:00 that evening. Having just arrived in Hanover–about 12 miles to the east of their destination–they got back on the road, and after an exhausting night march halted at Bonnaughtown five miles east of Gettysburg.Sykes’s two divisions took to the road again at daybreak on July 2 and turned south near Brinkerhoff’s Ridge about two miles east of town. There Sykes’s two divisions massed briefly in expectation of an offensive against the Confederate left. Meade soon abandoned that plan, however, and wanted the Fifth Corps closer to the main body of the army, so Sykes turned his men south toward the Baltimore Pike, on which they crossed Rock Creek about 11:00 A.M. The men then rested in the shadow of nearby Power’s Hill for a few hours. The Third Division–the Pennsylvania Reserves, which had come from Washington and had made a longer march–reached Sykes around noon. In the middle of the afternoon, Meade ordered the Fifth Corps toward the left of the army with orders to support Third Corps commander Maj. Gen. Dan Sickles.Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet’s 14,000-strong attack struck Sickles before Sykes and his men could get there. Meade soon found out that Little Round Top had no defenders on it, and he ordered Sykes to get the Fifth Corps there on the double, and to “hold at all hazards.” Sykes sent for First Division leader Brig. Gen. James Barnes to dispatch a brigade to Little Round Top. Though he didn’t find Barnes, the courier with the order was spotted and hailed by Colonel Strong Vincent, who realized the urgency of the situation and led his brigade onto Little Round Top on his own initiative.

Sykes, to his credit, sent a stream of reinforcements to Vincent, and posted Col. William Tilton’s and Col. Jacob Sweitzer’s brigades to plug holes in the Third Corps line. He got Ayres’s division headed in the right direction (though it was soon flanked, and fled) then deployed Crawford’s Pennsylvania Reserves when they came up, and cobbled together a line which denied Longstreet’s Confederates a breakthrough. Sykes had done a good, hard day’s work improvising in defense.

After the fighting on July 2, Sweitzer’s brigade and the two Regular Army brigades were not fit for further duty, with too many casualties and men shaken loose from their units. Sykes’s line around Little Round Top was bolstered with arriving Sixth Corps brigades and was not engaged on July 3.

Sykes’s could not repeat the adequacy of his Gettysburg performance–in the fall campaign Meade thought Sykes acted too slowly (“Tardy George” again) and in the March 1864 consolidation of the army, Sykes was replaced at the head of the Fifth Corps by General Governeur Warren. Sykes was transferred west and finished out the war in Kansas.

For further reading:
Powell, William H. The Fifth Army Corps. New York, 1896
Reese, Timothy J. Sykes’ Regular Infantry Division, 1861-1864. Dayton, 1990

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