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.