St George is the patron Saint of England, borne out by the Red Cross of St George on a white background being the nation’s flag.
The Roman emperor Diocletian ordered all soldiers to denounce Christianity to which order George refused.
Despite being offered plenty of rewards to do so he stood steadfast, eventually being tortured and executed by beheading on 23rd April 303.
That George was a Christian martyr there is no doubt, the dragon slaying legend however being far less certain.
It is not only England that celebrates St George’s Day, here are a few others:-
Unsurprisingly given its name, Georgia has George as its patent Saint.
Wherever you are, happy St George’s Day.