George King

Born: Dunblane

Died: France, 1 July 1916

Burnley career:

35 appearances

2 goals

Position: Half back

George King joined Burnley in the summer of 1892 from Sunderland Albion, who were then playing the Football Alliance. He spent two seasons with the Turfites mainly playing at right half, although he was injured during a match early in his Burnley career and missed nearly two months of his first campaign at Turf Moor.

In 1894 King was transferred to Millwall, founder members of the Southern League, and was a regular as the Lions swept to the inaugural Championship in 1895 without losing a single game. The Southern League title was secured again in 1896 and the following season King almost collected a hat-trick of championship medals, with Millwall eventually finishing as runners-up. He retired from the first class game in 1898.

Following the outbreak of war in 1914, George King joined the Northumberland Fusiliers and was posted to France.

He was among many thousands of soldiers who were killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. His body was never found and he is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial.

Private George King

Northumberland Fusiliers

Killed in action France, 1 July 1916

Remembered at the Thiepval Memorial, France

His war is over, his sun is set, 
But those who loved him, will never forget. 
RIP

Acknowledgements and thanks for additional research are due to the following: 
 
Ray Simpson,
Peter Briggs, 
Mike Smith, 
Website www.burnleyinthegreatwar.info.