Former Fylde player George Read receives military honour
Former Kirkham Grammar School student in the late 1930s and a Fylde player just after WW2, George Read
, has recently been awarded the Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur, the highest French military award, for his actions on D-Day, 6th June 1944.
He was a regular spectator along with his family at Kirkham and at the Woodlands for many years until his deteriorating health has prevented him attending in recet times.
George, now 91, grew up in Lightburn Avenue in St Annes with his younger brother Brian. He became a serving Navy officer before returning to Lytham St Annes and a house in Ansdell. He eventually moved to Hoylake in the Wirral but still commuted to watch Fylde, the club he loved, up until recently.
His wife Sheila predeceased him many years ago. He has a daughter Judith and a son, Nick.
It is a tremedous honour for this incredibly modest man, like so many of that generation who fought for the freedom the rest of us now enjoy. The Club is very proud to be associated with this war hero.
Below: George Read on the bridge of the Rocket Landing Craft where he was navigator. Served at Normandy & Malaya. Mentioned in dispatches for distinguished service.