George enlisted in Watford and joined the Norfolk Regiment, though he later became Lance Corporal 17376 in the 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. He went to France on 31st May 1915 but was wounded two and a half months later on 16th August 1915 and died at 8am the following morning, 17th August 1915, aged 30.
A letter written to his widow, Minnie, after his death by N. Cathcart, No. 1 Platoon Commander of "A" Company, 5th Northamptonshire Regiment contained the words: "He was a very good and steady worker, and was extremely popular with both officers and men".
Minnie also received a letter from F. W. Butler, the Officer Commanding "A" Company, 5th Northamptonshires in which he wrote: "(your husband)... lies in a beautiful cemetery, with many of his fellow soldiers and French Compatriots, and we were able to get a Chaplain to read over him the beautiful Burial Service of our Church".
George's wife, Minnie, was the sister of Harry Woodwards who also died in the War. She lost her husband in August 1915 and her brother less than a year later in July 1916.
George was buried at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres Nord, in France. He is commemorated on the memorial at Leverstock Green, near Hemel Hempstead and on the memorial in Bushey and Oxhey Methodist Church.
His pension record gives Minnie (b. 11/06/84) of Leverstock Green as his dependant and lists three children (by his 1st Wife); Mabel Irene (b. 09/04/08), Gladys (b. 18/03/19) and Alice Elizabeth (b. 08/04/13). The record also shows an award of 18/6 for widow and two children and 2/- for Alice. The record says that “The pension of 2/- for Alice is paid quarterly in arrears to Mrs Mary Secretai (surname unclear) of 7a Bennetts End as administrator on her behalf. The child lives with Mrs Philpot, Everglen, Kings Langley”