A regular army battalion based in Ireland when war broke out but immediately sent to France, landing the 16th of August 1914 as part of 15th Brigade 5th Division.
They took part in the early engagements including Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne, the Aisne, LA Bassee and First Ypres. Having moved to the Ypres salient in early 1915 the Division was engaged in the defence of Hill 60 at Second Ypres during April and May. Hill 60 was a low ridge facing the Allied trenches in the Zillebeke region in the southwest of Ypres and the Division suffered horrendous losses in more than four weeks of heavy fighting. It was here that George lost his life on the 21st of April.