The History of Sport Played in China's Treaty Ports

McGill makes a break against the touring Imperial Japanese Railways on 5 January 1936

  For fifteen years, George Spedding McGill was the Club’s flying winger.

  He first played for Shanghai in November 1924 aged just sixteen and went onto to play at least 140 times in Shanghai in many of the Club’s biggest games.

  He played against Meiji University in 1927 and 1934, against Hong Kong in 1928, 29, 30, 35 and 36, Hankow in 1935 and against the Imperial Japanese Railways in 1936.

  His club team was Shanghai Scottish. He played his last game in Shanghai in December 1939.

  At some point he left Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong. He volunteered to serve in the Hong Kong Royal Naval Voluntary Reserve as a cadet. He received three months training in navigation, signaling, seamanship, mine laying and gunnery before becoming a Sub-Lieutenant.

  He lost his life defending the Colony on 19 December 1941. He was on the bridge of Motor Torpedo Boat 12, one of twelve boats attacking Japanese vessels, when it took a direct hit on the bridge and crashed at full speed into the sea wall by Chatham Road near Kowloon Docks.  

McGill on Motor Torpedo Boat No7 in 1941 in Hong Kong. McGill later transferred to MTB12 on which he lost his life in the Battle of Hong Kong on 19 December 1941. (Courtesy of Richard Hide)

George Spedding McGill (1908 - 1941)

McGill with friends in April 1937 From left to right: Miss Audrey Fowler, G Brown, Mrs McIntosh, J A McGregor, J Pullin, W D Neil, G S McGill