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2017

Warning Order 9th April 2017
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 100 years after he was awarded the VC. 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

40989,Pte Ernest Sykes

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.

Our Lancashire Area Standards and Assault Pioneers will be on parade please support them more details will follow when known All are welcome to attend

Gallipoli / St Georges Day Parade
23rd April Form up in Drill Hall Bury 1040hrs after Church
Form up on the Rock Bury 1300hrs Route The Rock, Silver St, Pass the Museum Saluting Base (those wishing to fall out after Saluting Base turn Left in to Moss St PLEASE fall in at the rear of the Association parade) Left on to Angouleme Way, Left on to Haymarket St,on to Market St, back to Drill Hall Fall out

11th Jun 1430hrs
Tree Planting for Ray "Big Griff" Griffin Memorial Fusilier Meadow Whitefield M45 6NF

Arrive between 14:00 to 14:20 at Fusilier Meadow, Parade start prompt at 14:30, Col Mike Glover will welcome all, Padre Hugh will conduct the service, Association Standard bearer + 6/12 others Standards, 4 + Assualt Pioneers, Bugler - last post, Tree planting ceremony to include the placing of a ceremonial Fusilier Cap Badge & Hackle in the ground, comrades may march up and pay their respects.

28th Jul Minden Madness Venue to be Arranged

30th Jul Minden Drumhead service in Gallipoli Garden 1245hrs

30th Jul Minden Dinner 1900hrs in Minden Suite Fusiliers Museum

Manchester Minden Day Madness 2017
is 28th July 2017 at the Wharf Castlefields Manchester this is the 10th Anniversary of MMDM all Fusiliers, wags and attached corps welcome.


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Minden Drumhead Service
30th July 2017 1300hrs
more will follow

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Minden Dinner
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30th July 2017
in the Minden Suite in the Fusiliers Museum

This is the Sunday Night 7:30 for 8:00
PERFECT END TO A PERFECT WEEK END

30th Sept Lister VC Memorial Belgium
9th Oct Lister VC Commemoration Salford TBC
4th Nov Lister VC Commemoration Willow Grove Cemetery TBC
10th Nov Remembrance/Inkerman Dinner in Minden Suite Fusiliers Museum
12th Nov Remembrance Parades Bury Salford Rochdale Oldham

2018
Please note Date changes for this year
21st / 22nd April 50th Birthday Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

28th / 29th April Gallipoli Weekend