Sergeant George Currie BEM

  • British Empire Medal
  • Mentioned in Despatches medal

George Currie enlisted into The Royal Signals and volunteered for airborne forces shortly after the formation of 1st Parachute Brigade in 1941.

He qualified as a military parachutist on Course 13 which ran at RAF Ringway from 6 to 21 May 1942.

George made 3 combat jumps and deployed on operations to North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Holland (Arnhem), where he served in 2 Coy J Section with 1st Airborne Divisional Signals.

He managed to withdraw with the remnants of 1st Airborne Division across the Rhine to the safety of Allied lines and went onto serve in Norway, as Sergeant of 21st Ind Para Coy's Signal Section. 

He was awarded a Mention in Despatches for actions in North Africa while serving with 1st Parachute Brigade and the British Empire Medal for conduct in Norway.

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