Private George "Rags" Harwood served with the 5 Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment before volunteering for airborne forces. He completed Parachute Course 94/95 in December 1943.
Private Harwood was then posted to the 10 Parachute Battalion (10th Para Bn). He served with 18 Platoon, D Company, 10th Para Bn and was listed as Bren Light Machine gunner. 10th Para Bn was deployed on Operation Market Garden at Arnhem. The Battalion jumped on 18 September 1944 during the second lift into Arnhem. Under heavy German fire, the Battalion fought to virtual annihilation in the besieged Oosterbeek on the 1st Airborne Division’s Perimeter.
Pte Harwood was taken prisoner shortly after. When his PoW camp was liberated, Pte Harwood returned to the UK and was promoted to Lance Corporal. He was then posted to 2nd Parachute Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in Wiltshire prior to being demobbed.