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Thank you to Jo Johnson of the London Symphony Orchestra for provding the following information;

George Eskdale was born in Tyneside in 1897 and grew up in Greenock. He was the son of a bandmaster and was an early prodigy on the cornet.

George joined the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall in 1911, where he studied cornet and violin.

During the First World War George Eskdale served with the 2nd Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment  with the service number 10167. His connection with the 2nd Battalion, a Regular battalion,  and his quick promotion to Corporal suggests he probably had already joined prior to the outbreak of hostilities in 1914.

George served in Palestine and France, and was wounded in the leg in the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. He received a small disability pension and the Silver War Badge, and returned to Kneller Hall as an instructor once recovered. Post-war he had an extremely successful career as a trumpeter, and became Principal Trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1932 to his death in 1960.

Information from researchers at the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)

There’s lots more detail, including some lovely photos, on the website of another of our former trumpeters Howard Snell: http://howardsnell.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/hitting-the-high-notes/.

We have been remembering the serving members of the LSO on the IWM Lives of the First World War (Community page: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/community/561) and George’s Lifestory page can be accessed here https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2466685/. We are publishing our research in a series of blogs here: http://blog.lso.co.uk/tag/ww1

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