Remembering those who fought in the Great War.

George Spilg

Of Isaac/George, the middle son born in Greenock in 1895, Walter, his son, has reported that his father served with distinction in WW1, being mentioned in despatches and awarded the Military Medal.  He married Fanny Cohen in 1919 and had five children.  Later he became a director in the afore-mentioned Stirling’s Ltd, the firm founded by his brother.  He played a very prominent part in Glasgow Jewish communal affairs and became president of the Glasgow Jewish Institute, vice-president of the Representative Council and secretary of the War Services Committee.  In 1953 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace.

            His obituary appeared in the Jewish Chronicle on 16 September 1966:

Mr George Spilg

            With the death of Mr George Spilg, Glasgow Jewry has lost a well-known communal worker who gave devoted service to several organisations over the past 45 years.

            After service in the First World War in France, where he was awarded the Military Medal with Bar, Mr Spilg was one of a small group of local men who founded the Glasgow Ex-Servicemen’s Association which later became the Glasgow Branch of the British Legion.

            He gave outstanding service for a long period in the management of the local Jewish Institute, particularly in the years preceding and during the last war.  For several years he was president of the club, and it was during his occupancy of that office simultaneously with that of secretary of the Glasgow Jewish War Services Committee that he took a prominent part in making arrangements for the hospitality extended to thousands of Jewish ex-servicemen and women who were stationed in Glasgow and the West of Scotland during the war.

            For several years Mr Spilg was a member of the executive committee of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council of which body he was an honorary vice-president.  He also served on the Glasgow Hebrew Benevolent Society and was a Justice of the Peace.

            Mr Spilg, who was born in Greenock, was 70.  He is survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters.”


His brother, Woolf/William was killed on 28th May 1917 and is commemorated at Arras Memorial. He served alongside George in the 9th HLI. William was born in Glasgow.



Mentioned in dispatches and awarded Military Medal