Born on 30 Jun 1886 in Bengeo, Hertford and christened on 5 Sep 1886 in Bengeo son of Charles and Sarah (Webster) Clift. They were living in Bengeo Street, Bengeo in 1891. He had three sisters Florence, Rosabella and Minnie and in 1901 they were living at 132 Bengeo Street, Hertford. His father was a gardener, while Charles was an office boy. By 1911 they were living in 2 Tower Street, Bengeo. George a carpenter living with his widowed mother. He married Emily Elizabeth Pegram on 26 Dec 1914 in Great Amwell.