Ernest Sykes (1885-1949)

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Ernest Sykes VC (4 April 1885 – 3 August 1949) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.He was 32 years old, and a private in the 27th (Service) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.On 19 April 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.During the Second World War Sykes returned to serve with the 25th Battalion West Riding Home Guard. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland, Alnwick, Northumberland, England.

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