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Although Pte Ernest Sykes VC was a Northumberland Fusilier he was born in Mossley Tameside and is to have a paving stone placed in Mossley on the 9th April 2017 We in Lancashire have been asked to attend the parade in his Honour. We don't have all the details yet but it will take place 9th April We think it will be like the Radcliffe parade we did for Hutchinson VC
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Pte Ernest Sykes CV

Ernest Sykes was born in 1885, in Mossley, Yorkshire and died, in 1949, at Lockwood, Yorkshire. He originally enrolled in the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment (West Riding), 8th Battalion, service number 13425. He served in the Balkans campaign of 1915 where he received a serious foot injury. After recovering from his injury, he was assigned to the 27th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (4th Tyneside Irish), service number 40989, and embarked for France.
In April 1917, his Battalion was involved in the Battle of Arras where he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions. The citation for the award is: - On 9 April (Easter Monday) 1917, near Arras, France, the battalion in attack was held up by intense fire from front and flank, and suffered heavy casualties. Private Sykes, despite this heavy fire, went forward and brought back four wounded. He then made a fifth journey and remained out under conditions which appeared to be certain death, until he had bandaged all those too badly injured to be moved.
There is a plaque, in his honour, at Mossley Railway Station.

b. 04/04/1885 Mossley, Yorkshire. d. 03/08/1949 Lockwood, Yorkshire.

The descendants of Ernest Sykes, VC still reside in Mossley, the town where he was born at Quick View in 1885. He was educated locally at St George's School in Stalybridge and he worked as a platelayer for the London and North Western Railway Company at Micklehurst.

With 1914 came the call to arms. Sykes was living with his wife and two sons on Bank Street in Mossley. He joined the 7th Battalion The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment.

Whilst posted at Gallipoli, Sykes suffered severe injuries to the foot. Amputation seemed likely but several operations managed to save the limb. He was posted back to England for home service but was later passed as fit to serve with the 27th (Service) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish Brigade). He served with them in France and Flanders and gained his Victoria Cross.

Sykes received his Victoria Cross from King George V at Buckingham Palace in July. A week later the people of Mossley turned out in their thousands to greet him. At a presentation in Market Square the Mayor gave him a gold watch and other gifts.

Other military service gained him the 1914-19 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He was demobilised from the army in May 1918, early due to sickness.


He returned to work for the railways and was deeply honoured when one of the locomotives, a LNWR 'Claughton' Class was named after him. The nameplate was later transferred to a LMS Patriot Class locomotive which was withdrawn from service in 1962. In 1967 the nameplate was presented to the Northumberland Fusiliers Museum at Alnwick Castle in the presence of his son Harold and grandson Stephen.

The Lancashire Association Standards and Assault pioneers will be on parade please support them more details will follow when known

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