Although it is in English folklore that Saint George slew the mighty dragon in England to which end, two places are named, that of Dragon Hill near Uffington, Oxfordshire, and Lower Stanks, a field outside Hereford...
But, in reality, it is thought that St. George came from Cappadocia in Asia Minor, lived at the time of the Roman Emperor, Diocletian, AD 245 to 313 and never actually graced our fair Isle. He became a high ranking cavalry officer in the Army of Rome but refused to carry out Diocletian's orders for Christian persecution and, in consequence, suffered torture and maybe death himself.
He was canonized in AD 494, Pope Gelasius proclaiming him one of those "whose names are justly revered among men but whose acts are known only to God".

The legend of St. George, which is an allegory illustrating the triumph of good over evil, tells how he rode into the city of Silene in what is now Libya, to find the people terrorized by a dragon which was fed daily with one of the citizens. The next victim was to be Cleolinda, daughter of the King, but St. George rode out, slew the dragon and freed the people from their oppressor.

Thus, whether in the context of history or legend, to Baden-Powell, St. George epitomized the qualities of selflessness and both moral and physical courage which he saw as being among the aims of The Scouting Movement.