Salute to a union man

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January 11 2012, was the day Dewsbury lost one of its greatest characters.

George Ward was small in stature but he had the heart of a lion. He was fanatical about the trade union movement to which he devoted his life. He was the epitome of a true trade unionist, always putting more into the movement than he ever took out. He was a life member of the boiler makers section of the GMB union. He served the Dewsbury branch as president for over 20 years.

George was a staunch socialist and always fought for the underdog. When he saw injustice he would fight tirelessly to put it right. He always put others before himself.

There is a line in the book Saturday Night and Sunday Morning which says “It’s a hard life if you don’t weaken”. George Ward never weakened.


Former Dewsbury Boiler Makers branch secretary

New North Road