Ge­orge Hor­ridge

BBC History Magazine - - WWI Eyewitness Accounts -

Ge­orge was wounded at Gal­lipoli, but re­joined his unit in Egypt be­fore fight­ing on the western front. In Au­gust 1918 he caught the Span­ish flu, but made a full re­cov­ery.

In the 1920s, he played cricket in the Lan­cashire Leagues and for the Lan­cashire Sec­ond XI. Ge­orge had a lively sense of hu­mour. I re­mem­ber in­ter­view­ing him for the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum at his house in Bury in 1984. Sadly, I ar­rived bear­ing the clear signs of a hang­over; Ge­orge gave me a know­ing look and of­fered me a restora­tive ‘ kill or cure’ glass of some strange yel­low spirit – which nearly killed! He knew what he was do­ing: he told me the story of once hav­ing to aban­don a de­fault­ers’ parade (for those who had com­mit­ted an of­fence to be charged) due to the im­pact of the sergeant ma­jor’s bel­low­ing on his hang­over.

Ge­orge never for­got his com­rades from the 1/5th Lan­cashire Fusiliers. He was ever-present at the an­nual Gal­lipoli com­mem­o­ra­tion ser­vice in Bury, at­tend­ing his last parade in a wheel­chair just be­fore his death in De­cem­ber 1987.

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