SUDDEN DEATH OF ARMY VETERAN GEORGE SHARP

Above: The impressive Veterans Day Parade and church service at St Augustine’s in Dumbarton was just one of the many events George Sharp helped to organise. That’s Lord Alcluith and Colonel Bobby Steel leaving the church. Picture by Bill Heaney
George Sharp at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. George was a member of the Dunkirk Veterans’ Association through his work with the Army Cadet Force in Helensburgh.
By Bill Heaney
George Sharp, one of the best known military figures in Dunbartonshire, has died. He was aged 76.
George, pictured right, had been in the Territorial Army since 1962 and served with the Corps of Transport.
He was a former pupil of Dalreoch Primary School in Castlehill and Dumbarton Academy.
He then joined the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and remained with them for several years.
He met his wife, Margo, in 1980 and they married in 1982. George joined the ACF in Helensburgh during his time with the cadets.
The Dunkirk Veterans adopted the branch and it proved to be very fulfilling for all of them. The cadets went to Belgium with the Vets to visit the places they had been rescued from during the Second World War.
George played a large part in the organisation of these trips visiting several times and making friends among the local population.
Through the Vets, George visited Erskine Hospital and visited several residents. Over the years, he helped with fundraising and latterly with a colleague created Erskine Lectures which was an annual event raising over £2,000 in one night.
Due to the pandemic, they have been unable to continue. He is also a member of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders West of Scotland Branch and worked with them on various events and initiatives.
He was instrumental in organising many parades and events throughout West Dunbartonshire. He will be sorely missed by all.
George’s funeral service to Cardross Crematorium at which the numbers allowed to attend have been restricted by Argyll and Bute Council will take place next Wednesday, July 21.
The funeral cortege will pass along Church Street past the Masonic Hall and into High Street past the Lennox Bar in Dumbarton at around 11.45am

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