D: George DeRelwyskow Jr
George DeRelwyskow Jr
A name known to every fan of television wrestling as one half of Relwyskow and Green Promotions. Before turning his hand to wrestling promoting George was an outstanding wrestler in a short lived 1930s career.
Born to parents George and Clara DeRelwyskow on 8th January, 1914, wrestling was in young George's blood because his father was one of wrestling's all time greats. George F.W. De Relwyskow Snr, had won gold and silver medals in the 1908 Olympic Games. Naturally dad had a big influence on young George, as did the former rugby player and all-in wrestler, Douglas Clarke.
Having turned professional at twenty George gained a few years experience before defeating Rashid Anwar to take the Empire lightweight title.
Whilst his wrestling years were limited to around six years George was an immensely busy worker during this time, wrestling most nights of the week from the south west of England to the north of Scotland. He was a popular all-action wrestler famed for one of his favourite moves "The monkey climb."
But there was much more to George. Talk of hidden depths.
Secrets can be taken to the grave and that was almost the case when George died. It was a secret that had been well kept, even George's wife, Elsie, only made the discovery as she went through his papers following the death.
It transpired that, unknown to any of his friends and family, George had been a secret agent parachuted on numerous occasions behind enemy lines during the Second World War.
On the outbreak of war George signed up as a physical training instructor, and was shortly afterwards recruited by the Special Air Services. George was seconded to a section known only by the name Room 98. It is believed that George's section was involved in the training of agents in preparation for planting in the occupied countries of Europe, amongst them Odette Sansom, the French born British spy awarded the George Cross for her work behind enemy lines in the Second World War. George trained agents in unarmed combat and parachuting.
He became one of the first men to become expert in the use of plastic explosives, which he used to good effect behind the lines in Libya. In total George made more than 350 parachute drops during the war. George's war time exploits ended in 1945, when a land mine exploded as he was trying to reach Allied lines in Italy. The exploding mine destroyed the vehicle in which he was travelling, leaving George with head and leg injuries.
The injuries brought his wrestling career to an early end. In 1948 George and his wife Elsie, became licensees of the Concle Inn in Barrow. For wrestling fans that may have been for the best because following the war George and brother Doug (later a referee) turned their attention to car rallying and then to wrestling promoting. It is for his contribution to wrestling as a promoter, in which he formed a business partnership with Arthur Green, that George de Relwyskow is most often remembered.
George DeRelwyskow Jr died in January 1980.