Jon was born in Yorkshire in December 1940, the first of three children to parents Ren and Jennie Sykes.
His Father was a coal miner and was determined that his son would never follow him working underground at the pit. When Jon left school at the age of fourteen Ren arranged an introduction to the Editor of the local weekly newspaper and in early 1955 Jon started work as a junior reporter. This was to be the first of many different jobs through his working life including fifteen years’ service in The Coldstream Guards; over thirty years’ in the Aerospace/Defence Sectors which saw him travelling widely throughout Europe, and both North and South America.
Jon’s wife Cathie died in 2007 at which time he was living and working in South Wales. He gave up working full time in 2009 since when life has been busier than ever including appointment as Treasurer of a Branch of the Regimental Association in Surrey; Treasurer of a Branch of the Conservative Party in West Sussex; working part-time for BRS Global in Brighton; and for five years as Chairman of the UK Equality for Veterans Association (EfVA).
After stepping down as Chairman of EfVA in 2013 Jon has kept himself busy by writing and in 2014 published The Gregory Journal, followed by Migrating Geese. In 2016. Throughout this period he has enjoyed the friendship and advice of members of a number of Writers Groups in Sussex. With the benefit of further family research carried out by Jon’s sister Margaret Walker in addition to a number of trips to Belgium and France, the full life story of William Gregory entitled Argyll Street is to be published later in 2019.
Jon has four children, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandson. He now lives in East Sussex with his partner Jean.