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William George

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William George was born in Walthamstow, London back in 1904. He was educated at the Royal Naval College and entered the Royal Navy in 1920 at 16. He started out as a boy seaman and was promoted to lieutenant-commander in 1939. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his part in the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

He took part in the sinking of the Bismarck while serving as gunnery officer aboard the HMS Rodney in 1941. He served in the Navy for nearly thirty years retiring in 1949. He ran for political office on several occasions after his retirement. He was a major advocate of pedestrian and non-motor vehicle traffic rights. He once had a car painted with zebra stripes before switching to his armored bicycle. In the 1950’s he was involved in several legal cases where he launched private prosecutions of public figure who had been involved in road accidents. May as well tell you I’m writing about William George Boaks.

He was charged and fined several times for publishing “unlawful” advertisements as part of his campaigns. However, can you tell me what he is most noted for in British history? Well actually he is noted twice. Well the first one is he ran for office at the Glasgow Hillhead by-election he received only 5 votes a record that held until the 2005 general elections. Being a candidate for vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian safety in 1984 he was injured in a minor traffic accident while getting off of a bus. He died two years later as a result of the complication from the head injuries he received.

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Comments (13)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

thanks for another piece of history today, James Dray ...enjoy this beautiful day....

Aug 23, 2016 09:22 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

James Dray Just from his extended life in the Royal Navy it is easy to tell that Mr. Boaks was one seriously determined man, just as every one of us needs to be in this crazy business of Real Estate!

Aug 23, 2016 09:23 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. William George is not on my radar. Don't know what else to say! Enjoy your day!

Aug 23, 2016 09:23 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Litigation and he would fit well in todays society!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 23, 2016 09:25 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a complicated guy with all sorts of problems too.

Aug 23, 2016 10:15 PM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good morning James got me on this one. have a great Wednesday.

Aug 23, 2016 11:24 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

James Dray  You got me on this I have no idea

Aug 24, 2016 12:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James,

A complicated man with many accomplishments, some great some not so great.  A

Aug 24, 2016 12:34 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a very interesting man with many great accomplishments, thanks for sharing this information with us!

Aug 24, 2016 03:23 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi James Dray ,  You are a wealth of knowledge.  Thanks for the history of William George.

Aug 24, 2016 09:19 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Goodness James- what an interesting person!  Thank you!

Aug 24, 2016 11:41 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

That's a very interesting story. I've never heard of this gentleman. What an ironic life he lived. 

Aug 24, 2016 02:19 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, Carl Jung, Psychiatrist, wrote on his theory of Synchronicity and the Paranormal: Meaningful Coincidences. In reading the ending of your story of William George Boaks, I thought of Jung's theory.

Aug 25, 2016 03:29 AM