George Frederick Embrey Harrison


1898 Sep 30. Born Haverford West, Pembrokeshire.

1901 census at Haverford West

1911 census a boarder at Llanyre Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Radnorshire

1916. At Royal Flying Corps, Netheravon, Wiltshire, England

1917 Jul 5. Commissioned temp 2nd Lt in RFC.

Service RAF record Airman

Service RAF Record Officer

1919 Apr 7. The under mentioned are transferred to unemployed list: Lt G F E Harrison.

1920 Aug 20. Joined ADRIC with service no 317. Posted to C Coy

1921 Apr 14. Resignation accepted in ADRIC

1921 May 9. Re commissioned as Flying Officer in RAF

1922 Feb 28 Married in Pimlico, London to Mary Gray Heald

George told me one day, he ran away from school, and joined the air force. (Royal Flying Corps) he had one accident coming down over France, and then after the war he was a test pilot, and was one of the first to refuel another plane in the air. (Vickers I think)"

Went back into the RAF and worked as a test pilot at Farnborough. Left RAF about 1930

1939 Jun 21. Promoted Squadron Leader

1939 Sep 1. Relinquished commission in Class CC on appointment to a commission as Squadron Leader RAF Volunteer Reserve

1942 Mar 10. Sqn. Ldr. G. F. E. HARRISON (15035) is cashiered by sentence of General Court Martial

1947 Demobbed and went to work as warden at the Castleton Home for Displaced Persons. He interviewed Elsie for the post of cook and they became friends. George transferred to another camp on the Isle of Wight. In 1948 Elsie moved there too as cook. They then moved to a much larger camp based at Winchfield in Hampshire.

George was still married, and in order to lived together they had to move to Brighton. Elsie managed to find work as a cook, but George was unable to find any sort of job. But eventually got himself a job in Coleford Gloucestershire with YMCA Hostels, while Elsie continued working in Brighton. .

1949. George was ill, and had a stroke. He was able to get around with the aid of the stick and his speech was almost back to normal.

1950 they moved to a two-room flat in Walsingham Road

1952 George got a divorce from Molly.

1952 Apr 2. George and Elsie were married. They moved to a self-contained flat on the ground floor, at Osbourne Villas. Their first real home.

1952. Oct 28. George decided he needed some shirts so they caught a bus and went shopping, whilst they were in Marks & Spencer's suddenly his speech went, somehow they managed to get home and after putting into bed Elsie called the doctor. Sadly there was nothing that could be done and George died in her arms that night. Died age 52 at Osbourne Villas, Hove, Sussex