George William Parker was born on 4th May 1887, in Bushey, Herts, son of Henry Parker (B 1856) a Railway Labourer and Elizabeth Ann Parker (B 1858) (nee Thornton), one of seven children, two of whom died in childhood. He was Baptised on 3rd June 1887, at St Matthews Church, Oxhey, Herts.
1891 Census records George aged 3, living with his parents, three siblings, Thomas 9, Joseph 7, and Sarah 1, in Pinner Road, Bushey.
His father Henry, died in 1893, in Bushey age of 37. His mother re-married in 1896 to Richard Henry Harrison, a housepainter, who brought up her children at 32 Pinner Road, Bushey.
In 1901, George has just left school and was employed as a milk carrier, living with his mother, stepfather, brother Joseph 16, and sister Sarah 11, at 32 Pinner Road, Bushey.
1911 Census records George now 23, a Lance Corporal in the 2nd Battalion, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, stationed at Shorncliffe Camp in Kent.
George was employed at one time by The London and North Western Railway Company.