George was born in Rickmansworth in 1896, the son of George William and Ellen Baldwin. In 1891, with children Lily and William, both born in Rickmansworth, they were living in Mill End, Rickmansworth. In 1901, now with five children, the family was at 75 Abbey Street, Bermondsey, and in 1911 at 6 Wakelin Road, West Ham. In 1912 George was employed by British Petroleum Company as a Casual Labourer.
George enlisted as a Reservist on the 5th of December 1912. He was aged 17 years and 3 months, 5’ 2” tall, weighed 116 lb and had brown eyes and hair. The date of his joining the regular army is not recorded but would have been around the end of December 1912 as his service to date of death was 2 years 96 days.