It is unlikely that St George was a dragon slayer but that is what most people think of when they think of St George.
In fact St George was a Roman soldier who was a Christian.
He was born in Turkey in 270 AD and brought up as a Christian. At the age of 17 he joined the Roman army, and served under a pagan Emperor
It is thought that the Emperor Diocletian sent him on a mission to England, where he heard that the Emperor was persecuting Christians, so he returned to Rome to help his feller Christians.
Emperor Diocletian tried to persuade St George to give up his faith, but he refused and was beheaded on 23 April 303.
In 1222 the Council of Oxford declared April 23 "St George’s day" , and St George replaced Edward the confessor as the patron saint of England.
St Georges flag is a red cross on a white background, which was adopted by Richard the lion heart, in the 12 century.
St George is also the patron saint of Canada, China, Portugal, Russia and Serbia.