George Cross

George Cross, SOE Agent extraordinaire, was known to be a master of disguise and slight of hand and was a damned fine shot to boot.  His signature fragrance was a unique brand of tobacco which lingered in the air long after he'd departed the covert scene of operations and it was rumoured that a single whiff of his peculiar shag was enough to strike fear into the very heart of any jerry coming across it. George was also rather adept at puffing out Morse code with his pipe, as it were, so to speak, hence his SOE handle ‘Three Nuns Shag’.

George was the beloved beau of Penny Stamp, the postmistress of Little Hope, and it was truly a match made in heaven, they danced around one another's affections like Fred and Ginger and managed - inadvertently - to cause havoc both abroad in occupied Europe and back home in Blighty. 

There had been a run on loo roll in Little Hope and George had the sole remaining copy of The Daily Mirror, he was beginning to feel a bit hunted, to be honest...

Frankly, Sir Humphrey and Lady Maud Shagg-Pyle couldn't care less about the shortage of French wine in Little Hope and maintained a stoney silence, but it was the final straw for George...

"There's a problem with the gas pipe, George..." said Penny. George agreed entirely...

George was damned impressed with Penny's Mexican wave but didn't like to point out that that was Dover down there and not Cancun...

George hadn't realised that the vicar was quite so liberal...

'The temptation was too great...' thought Penny afterwards when hindsight had kicked in , 

'And anyway, a top drawer operative like George should have been expecting it...'

In an effort to keep an element of mystery in their relationship, George and Penny only communicated with one another via personal ads in the Daily Mirror: "Kitchen wench wanted for domestic duties, must be hard working and flexible..." read George.

"Situation still vacant..." replied Penny.

George wasn't kidding when he promised Penny a bird's eye view of The Grand National...

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