Twine, George E
George died on 24th October 1993, after a short illness bravely borne, aged 83. George’s son, Nicholas, and grandson, Simon, are also both OJs.
He was Captain of the School and his House and a School Prefect. He was Captain of Rugby, a member of the Cricket XI and C.S.M. of the Corps. He was Captain of Shooting and shot for the School at Bisley in all four years he was at Hurst.
From school he gained entry to St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He was a member of the College rugby team that won the cup three years running. He also played for Blackheath, Hampshire and the OJs. He read Law at Cambridge gaining his M.A. and LL.B. and after articles practised as a Solicitor in Basingstoke.
He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery during the Second World War and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate Branch in India.
Andrew Penfold, Hon. Sec. of the OJ Rifle Club, writes:-
“George will be remembered for many things by many people, none more so than the shooting world who mourn the passing of one of its ‘fathers’ and Grand Masters. His shooting career began at Hurstpierpoint College and spanned nearly 70 years, his achievements have been the envy of marksmen worldwide – George reached the very top of the sport, having won nearly every major title and trophy available on Bisley Ranges. Most marksmen yearn to win the Sovereign’s Prize, the highest accolade in shooting, just once – George won Her Majesty The Queen’s Prize twice, first in 1954 and then again in 1956. Both wins resulted in the Queen’s Gold Medal, a telegram, and personally signed portrait from her Majesty. He remains the only marksman to have won HM The Queen’s Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals for winning each stage of the competition – in the same year’ He appeared in the Queen’s Final on 24 occasions between 1932 and1971, just 4 times short of yet another record! George has been ceremonially ‘chaired’ around Bisley Ranges and abroad after winning the Canadian Governor General’s Prize – the first Englishman to have won both titles George represented Great Britain and England, at home and abroad, on over 70 occasions – yet another record. He held office as the Captain, Coach and Adjutant of both the Great Britain and England teams, another very rare achievement One of his proudest moments was in 1985 when he captained Great Britain in the ‘Palma’ World Team Championships at Bisley. Off the firing point, George was a Vice President of the National Rifle Association, President of the England XX & Hampshire County Rifle Associations, also the City Rifle Club.
Along with Bob Hadfield and Denis Cantlay, George founded the Old Hurst Johnian Rifle Club in 1930 George was touched when, in 1985, members of the OHJ Rifle Club awarded him an Honorary Life Membership, in recognition of his shooting achievements, also for founding the club When I became Secretary of the OHJ Rifle Club, George gave his advice openly, freely and generously As a member of the ‘old school’ of thought, he believed in a true shooting discipline which often differed from the opinions of others. The bottom line was the respect and esteem in which he was held by others – George had, after all, been there, seen it, done it and won it! George only ever coached me on one occasion, that was during the Public Schools Veterans Match in 1981. As I lay on the firing point I was in total ‘awe’ of such a great marksman. George sensed my anxiety and nurtured me gently through the shoot. I found his quiet but effective coaching management a very calming and relaxing influence. I remember the occasion so clearly and with such affection – I achieved my first ever highest possible score.
George Twine, a quiet modest man, who will be affectionately remembered by the shooting world as an Officer and a Gentleman, a proud Englishman, a true sportsman, but above all, a shooting legend – he was, without doubt, ‘Mr.Bisley’ “.
George’s funeral took place at Warblington Church, Hampshire, on 2 November 1993. It was attended by his family, work colleagues and many friends from the shooting world., including Lord Swansea.
The OJ Rifle Club was represented by lan Cummings, President, and Andrew Penfold, Secretary.