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Sgt Thomas Steele VC Commemoration Service

A ceremony held at St Anne’s Church, Lydgate, honoured the courageous actions of Sgt Thomas Steele in WWI.

Sgt Steele, who was born in Springhead, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his role in attempting to lift the Turkish siege at Ku-al-Amara on February 22, 1917.  At a critical moment, he used a machine gun to repel an enemy attack and then risked his own life to rally a party of Indian soldiers who had lost all their officers.

The commemorative paving stone was unveiled by members of Sgt Steele’s family and Councillor Derek Heffernan, Mayor of Oldham.

Representatives from Knowsley Junior School attended the commemoration service and presented work created by the entire school in honour of Thomas Steele.

Saddleworth Independent