George Stevenson

1897 - 1974
Born in Wroughton, Wiltshire, the elder son of the Reverend W.H. Stevenson. Educated at Bow School, Durham and Marlborough College. After Sandhurst George Stevenson was commissioned into the 3rd Durham Light Infantry on 16th December 1914.

In 1916 he took part in the Mohmand Expendition (North West Frontier) and was wounded. His life was saved as the bullet was deflected thorugh his arm by his cigarette case and pocket book.

He subsequently volunteered to join the newly formed Machine Gun Corps and by 1918 was fighting in France - a time he never later spoke of.

His next posting was to Ireland. The Machine Gun Corps then became the Royal Tank Corps and subsequent postings abroad were to Egypt and the Sudan and India.

The advent of the Second World War found George again in Bovington. In 1941, by now a Lieutenant Colonel aged 44, he had a severely arthritic knee and was posted to Derbyshire. Then he commanded P.o.W. Camp 80, Horbling Camp, Sleaford in Lincolnshire, where he received glowing praise from the Camp Chaplain.

BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-18 (SILVER)

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DEFENCE MEDAL

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INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL, NORTH WEST FRONTIER 1936-37 BAR

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VICTORY MEDAL

Country: United KingdomVictory Medal 1914 - 1919 Authorised in 1919 this yellow bronze medal, ...

WAR MEDAL

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KING GEORGE VI CORONATION 1937

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