Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1971, Private George Crozier, 1st Battalion, the Green Howards, was killed in Northern Ireland. He was in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, at an observation post in the Flax Street mill, when he was fired up on by a sniper. He was taken to the Mater Infirmorum Hospital on the Crumlin Road, but had passed away before he arrived.
Private Crozier had joined the army in 1965 after having been employed on a farm. He is buried in the graveyard of the parish church of St. Mary, Sledmere, in East Yorkshire. The Daily Express journalist, Paul Dacre, wrote on seeing a photograph of Private Crozier: “It was a haunting face. Young enough to be hopeful. Old enough to know better. A soft face hardened by reality.”
George, from Cowlam, near Driffield in East Yorkshire, was 23 years old.