E. George Croft was born in Leverstock Green, Herts, in 1890, son of George Croft and Caroline Croft (nee England). He was Baptised Edgar George Croft (but used George) on 6th August 1890 in the Parish of Leverstock Green. The second of three Children, Lillian B 1886, Edgar George B 1890 - D 1916 and Francis W. B 1891 - D 1900.
1891 Census records George aged 1, his mother and 1 month old brother (as yet unnamed) living with his mothers brother Henry England and his wife Louisa and their family at 8, Shaftsbury Road, Watford, Herts.
His father George Croft died in 1892, aged 29.
By 1901, aged 11, George was living with another Uncle and Aunt, George and Lydia Abbott and their family at 101, Villiers Road, New Bushey, Herts.
Abt 1908 George enlisted in the Army, joining the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), with the Service No. 8919.
The 1911 Census records George aged 22, single and a Private in the 1st Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). The Regiment is stationed in India.