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George William Venables was born in Wolverhampton in 1874. By 1901, he was living at 5 Bell Street, which was the stables for the “Coach and Horses” public house. Venables was a cab driver, and he lived there together with horse driver Alfred Palmer and hotel brewer Thomas Payne. On 13 December 1906 he married Annie Jordin at Claverley in Shropshire, and the couple went on to have three children – Horace George, Gwendolene, Joseph and William R. – between 1907 and 1919. In 1911, they were living at Coven Heath, by which date George had become a licensed victualler.

George enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps on 12 October 1915 at the age of 40. By November, he was embarking from Southampton on the “Cardiganshire” to Alexandria. During his military service, George spent time in hospital with malaria and finally embarked for home on 8 August 1918. George died at the age of 77 in 1952.