George Adams was born in 1898, the son of Alfred and Emma Jane (nee Wetton) Adams. His father was a motor car packer, and his mother a colour stover at a japanning works. In the 1901 census, George appears at the back of 89 Great Brickkiln Street, together with his parents, sister Emma, brother Edwin, and aunt Lizzie Wetton. By 1911 the family have moved to 80 Merridale Street West, and the household has been joined by Emma Jane’s mother, as well as two of George’s cousins, Nellie and Emma Wetton.
Prior to joining the army, George worked as a Coach trimmer. On 26 June 1917, George enlisted with the 8th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 5/43713), by which stage his address was given as 53 Russell Street. However, by 30 August the same year, he was discharged as “no longer physically fit for war Service”, due to his epilepsy (“not due to active service”). In October, he wrote a letter to request a Silver war badge, as proof that he was discharged by a Military invalid board, stating that “I am attending the doctor now owing to my complaint as I am not fit for work nor never shall be. hoping this letter will succeed please oblige.” Eventually, he was issued with a Silver War Badge in September 1919.
After the War, he married Alice New in 1922, and they went on to have six children between 1925 and 1936: Gertrude, George, Percy, Gladys, Dennis and Richard. George died aged 58 in June 1956.