St George, patron saint of England whose flag, the Saint George’s Cross, is the flag of England. It contributes the square red cross to the Union Flag which flies in the canton of both the New Zealand and Australian flags.
As alluded to by Paul, St George was allegedly a slayer of dragons amongst other heroic deeds and ironically was probably Greek or Turkish. He was probably adopted around the time of the Crusades although I’m not too sure. “For England and St George!” went the battle cry.
Everyone knows about St Patrick and many even Scotland’s St Andrew but poor old St George of England always seems to get forgotten. The parish church where I grew up always flew the English flag of St George on his day, the 23rd April.
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