A painter by trade, George Levins was a member of B Company in the 1st Dublin Battalion of the Irish Volunteers and was based in the Mendicity Institute during the Easter Rising. Following the surrender of this position on Wednesday, 26th April, Levins was arrested and sentenced to death. This sentence was reduced to three years penal servitude and, after spending time in Portland and Lewes prisons, he was released from internment in June 1917. Levins subsequently joined the newly formed E Company in the 1st Battalion. He was made Captain in November 1917 but was forced to stand down the following year due to ill health. He later participated in the Civil War, fighting with the anti-Treaty side at the beginning of the conflict in Dublin.
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