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Remembering Our Heroes: George Salvidge

3 November 2021

Ahead of Remembrance Day, we are taking a look at former Hull City players who served in the military during the First or Second World War...


Originally an apprentice with the club in 1936, George Salvidge joined the professional ranks at Hull City a year later.

The winger played football locally before joining the Tigers with Southcoates Lane Old Boys and Wheeler White Stars and made his Hull City debut against Barnsley in October 1938. He scored his only goal for the Tigers in a 3-2 home victory over Darlington later that month and made his last appearance for the club against Halifax Town in April 1939.

Salvidge moved to Birmingham & District League side Burton Town after turning down a new contract at Hull City and in May 1939, he broke his leg in the East Riding FA Cup final.

He served in the Second Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment in World War Two, with his battalion involved in the defence of Tobruk in Libya in 1941 and the subsequent advance westwards from Tobruk to repel Italian forces.

Salvidge was killed in action on 23rd November 1941, aged 21. His remains are buried in the Knightsbridge War Cemetery at Acroma, a village west of Tobruk, and a family memorial stone is located in Flamborough Church Cemetery.


Thanks goes to On Cloud Seven for providing information and images.

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