George William Waight was born on 24th October 1917, one year before the end of the First World War. His younger years were spent living at
173, Farm Street, Hockley, Birmingham. When aged around five years old he was run over by a motor bike and suffered a fracture to the base of his skull, resulting in a permanent hole in his skull.
His first job was as a Vertical Miller, although aged just twenty-one his thumb became trapped under machine workings as there was no machine guard fitted resulting in the loss of his left thumb. No Health & Safety as there is today. He received around £100 compensation and this was used to help pay toward his wedding aged twenty-two, to Nell Howard on 3rd August 1940. They moved into what was to be their only home for the remainder of their time together at 120 Collingwood Drive, Great Barr.
A long period of unemployment followed due to recuperation from the injury to his hand. George then found employment at a foundry (name unknown). He worked at the foundry throughout World War Two, combining a full-time and physically demanding job with the duties and training with the local Home Guard Battalion and still found time for his wife and young daughter. Two more daughters were later born to George and Nell.
George worked at the foundry until the mid 1950s. On leaving the foundry he found employment as a Security Guard/Night Watchman at the Tufnol Factory in Perry Barr. He was employed at this post until the early 1960’s. Then followed a further period of employment as a Fitter's Mate for GKN until his retirement.
George passed away on 7th August 1987, and is missed by all his family.