He barbered in the evenings and it was a chance meeting with a customer that changed his life.
In 1974, Cyprus was torn apart by a vicious civil war and Mr Georgiou and his family fled to a refugee camp at Dhekelia.
Having previously cut the garrison commander’s hair, the man made Mr Georgiou an offer:
“He said, ‘Michael, what do you want? I’m the boss here.’
“I said, ‘I’m the barber!’ He make barber shop for me!”
At one point, in the 1970s, there were more than 9,000 troops stationed at the base and Mr Georgiou had up to 30 customers a day.
Things have been quieter more recently, but his many years of faithful service have not gone unnoticed: he has earned a commendation from the Commander of British Forces Cyprus for his “distinguished service” and even Royal recognition when the Queen visited the base.