Son’s tribute for veteran hero George

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The son of a Bridlington war veteran has paid tribute to his father who served in the D Day landings during World War Two.

George – or Geo as he was known by friends – was born on Monday 19th April 1920 at Ivy Cottage in Flamborough.

Speaking of one the fondest memories he had of his father, his son George H Bayes said: “My dad was running backward to stop a high ball when he crashed through the door of the bank offices on the pier in Scarborough. He picked himself up and rather sheepishly propped up the broken door and guarded the bank until the manager came down to take over.”

An avid sportsman George had won his colours in cricket and rugby while studying at Bridlington School, where he also performed as a “bright scholar”.

He could boast the longest hit in Bridlington Cricket Club’s history, after wellying a ball into a train’s empty coal container which was bound for Newcastle.

After school George entered that family business, one of the biggest fish buying companies in the region.

Upon the outbreak of World War Two he was drafted to fight in the army where he served in the Royal Signals Regiment.

While on leave George married Lily Ann Gibbon on Thursday 31 December 1942 at Flamborough Church.

Less than two years later he found himself on the front line of the most notable ground offensive during the conflict, the D Day landings.

“His job was to send reports to the War Office in England,” son George added, “having travelled from the Normandy beaches all the way to Germany, he was among the first British troops to enter Berlin. After the war, my father returned to buying fish from the markets.”

In addition to serving as a rural district councillor for Flamborough in the 1960s, a passion for the village’s RNLI saw George go on to save the station from closure in the late 70s.

“He was an unassuming and modest man,” said lifeboat treasurer Paul Arro. “He was a great figurehead for the station and was instrumental to securing trials for the Oakley boat in 1979. He convinced the RNLI there was a need for the station to continue.”

His wife, Lily, died suddenly on 13th September 1978 aged 58. In 1980 he re-married to Maud Speight and they moved into the second house George built himself in Flamborough.

George leaves four children; Margaret, Elizabeth, George and Richard, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.