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Lieutenant Colonel, William George, Medical Officer, 5th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.

Dr Bill George, from Lancaster, and Medical Officer to the 1st/5th Battalion, is seen inoculating Sergeant Clarkson at Didcot. 
Dr George was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1913 and won the Military Cross during the war.
Sergeant Richard William Clarkson, number 1542 and later 240238, enlisted on 13th June 1913 and arrived in France with the rest of the battalion on 14th February 1915.  He lived at Addlecroft, Lancaster and was employed as a clerk.  He was wounded at Givenchy on 9th April 1918.  After the war he became a policeman in Lancaster.
Accession Number KO0104/44

5th Battalion King’s Own Colonel William George MC TD Medical Officer
Accession Number: KO2490/248


Dr W George – Obituary 1958
Dr. William George, for many years a prominent medical practitioner in Lancaster, a former chairman of the City Magistrates and a well-known figure in the public and sporting life of the city, died at Cumrew, near Carlisle, on Thursday of last week. A bachelor, he was 76 years of age.

War Service
He had strong links with The King’s Own Royal Regiment, which he joined as a Territorial in 1913, becoming medical officer to the 5th Battalion. As a Royal Army Medical Corps officer he served with the Battalion in France during the 1914-18 war, was wounded and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery on the Somme. He also gained the Territorial Decoration in August 1928.

He reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and when he retired from the general list of the RAMC (TA) in 1938 he had been connected with The King’s Own Royal Regiment for over 25 years and was proud of his record of rarely missing an annual camp.


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