Born on 5th January 1882, in Stanstead Abbotts, to parents Richard and Emily, he had three brothers and four sisters. In 1891 they were living in High Oak Road, Ware, and his father was a working foreman for a maltster. By 1901 George was a boarder living in Dunmow Road, Bishop’s Stortford and was employed as a maltster. He married Catherine Eliza Stokes in 1907 and in the 1911 census they are living at 43 Castle Road, Isleworth, with their two-year-old daughter Ivy. They later went on to have two sons George and John, before he joined the army. On date of attestation he states that he had been a member of the Hertfordshire Volunteers for three years.