Plaque to be unveiled at Mossley Station to honour Great War Hero


A plaque is to be unveiled at Mossley Railway Station on August 11th to honour Private Ernest Sykes, who worked at Mossley Station and won a Victoria Cross for rescuing his colleagues whilst under incessant fire in "no man's" land, during the "Great War".

Ernest attended St. George's school in Stalybridge before working for the London and Northwest Railway Company. In 1914 he joined the 7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment and suffered sever foot injuries whilst fighting at Gallipoli. After recovering he was passed fit to join the 27th Battalion Northumberland Fusilers. Whilst serving with them in Annans in France he brought back four wounded men whilst under fire in no mans land and then made another journey to bandage those too badly wounded to be moved.

The Rev. Richard Cook, Railway and British Transport Chaplain is unveiling the plaque on August 11th and it is hoped some of Ernest's descendant's will be in attendance. His Victoria Cross is on display at Alnwick Castle.