Pte Ernest Sykes


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Reference WMO/282502

Address:

Mossley Station

Manchester Road

Ashton-under-Lyne

OL5 0AB

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Black metal plaque with purple border. VC is set at the top with the inscription in silver lettering
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attalion Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish Brigade)/4th April 1885 - 3rd August 1949)/ Ernest Sykes was born in Mossley and worked as a slate layer for the/London & North Western Railway at Micklehurst. He enlisted into the 7th Bn./Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment on 31st August 1914, seeing/action at Gallipoli, where he was seriously wounded. Following his recovery,/he joined the 27th (S) Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish Brigade),/and was posted to France. On 9th April 1917, attacking near Arras, his battalion/was held up in advance of its lines, and suffered heavy casualties from machine/gun fire. He went forward under intense fire and recovered four wounded/comrades. Returning for a fifth time in mortal danger from sustained gunfire,/he remained to bandage those casualties who could not be moved./ /For his gallant actions he was presented with the Victoria Cross by/King George V at Buckingham Palace on 21st July 1917./ /He returned to the railway after the conflict, and/served in the Home Guard during the Second World War./

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