Died when his ship, along with two others, Hogue and Cressy, were sunk by a single submarine, U-9 in the North Sea. 1,450 sailors were lost that day. George was serving on HMS Aboukir, a cruiser built in 1900 and assigned to the Mediterranean fleet, on returning to the UK in 1912 she was placed in reserve. On the outbreak of war she was assigned to the 7th Cruiser squadron patrolling the North Sea supporting a group of destroyers and submarines. On 22nd September 1914 she was on patrol with no escorting destroyers and accompanied by the cruisers Hogue and Cressy, she was trying to seek shelter from bad weather. The three ships were about 2000 yards apart when they were seen by the German submarine U-9, she fired one torpedo which struck the Aboukir at about 06.20, the captain thought they had struck a mine and signalled the other ships to close up to transfer his wounded men. Aboukir began to list and capsized at 06.55. Only one life boat was available as the others had either been smashed or could not be used as there was no steam to power the winches. Within an hour the two remaining cruisers had also been sunk by the U-9. 837 men were saved by Dutch vessels and British fishing trawlers, but a total of 62 officers and 1397 men were lost, of these 527 men were from the Aboukir, one of whom was George.