George Elmore
George Elmore
George Elmore
● George Elmore, 1911 (SR)

born in England

George Elmore was born on Wednesday, 16th June, 1880, in Northwich, Cheshire.

The 5' 8 (10st 7lbs) forward signed for George Easton's Thistle on Wednesday, 24th August, 1910, having most recently been with Blackpool.

Aged 30, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 27th August, 1910, in a 2-1 win at home to Motherwell in the SFL First Division.

George scored his first goal for Thistle on Monday, 26th September, 1910, in a 1-1 draw at home to Celtic in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 23 goals on Saturday, 20th April, 1912, in a 1-0 win at home to Motherwell in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Wednesday, 1st May, 1912, in a 0-0 neutral-venue defeat (on corners) against Celtic in the Glasgow Charity Cup, having appeared as a Jag on 71 occasions.

His club-list included Witton Villa, Northwich Victoria, Witton Albion, Broadheath, Burton United, Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion, Bristol Rovers, Altrincham, Glossop, Blackpool, Partick Thistle, St Mirren, St Bernard's and Broxburn United.

George died on Saturday, 1st July, 1916, in Somme, France, aged 36.

Bio Extra

A man of many clubs, forward George joined Thistle from Blackpool. He made his first team debut as a 30 year old, in a 2-1 home win against Motherwell in the SFL Division 1. For the 1910-11 season, George played 36 matches, and scored 16 competitive goals, top scorer ahead of Willie Gardiner. Thistle finished 4th in the 18 team Division 1. The following season saw George play on 28 competitive occasions, scoring 6 goals. Thistle again finished in a respectable joint 4th position in the league. He scored 1 hat trick when with the club, in a 7-2 1st round Scottish Cup victory against St Bernard’s, a club he would later join. George scored a brace of goals on three occasions. All in all George scored 23 goals for Thistle, and played on 69 occasions.

In an article in the Altrincham FC website, they note that George was born in the Witton district of Northwich, now a town to the south west of Manchester. George was described as “quick and skilful with fast feet”. He worked as a labourer in the local salt trade, and many of his initial clubs were in the local area. When he played for Altrincham, George was the club captain for the seasons 1906-07 and 1907-08. He moved on to Glossop, scoring 8 goals in 24 league games in his first season there. The 1909-10 season found George at Blackpool, playing in 34 league games for the club, with 6 goals. As mentioned above, George then came north to Thistle.

George enlisted in 15th Battalion Royal Scots in December 1914. The Battalion were sometimes known as the “Manchester Scottish”, with 550 men recruited from the area around the city. On 1 July 1916, Lance corporal George Elmore was with the 15th Royal Scots when they attacked La Bosseille, a village not far from Thiepval, by tackling the village from each side, as opposed to head on. George, at the age of 36 was one of 513 Battalion casualties. This action was part of the opening offensive on the Somme. Around 60,000 British soldiers died on this day. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

We commemorate his life in our feature piece, The Partick Thistle Fallen →.


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