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George was born in around 1883 in Worcestershire. On 28 April 1902 he married Emily Robinson at Amblecote, Worcestershire. By 1911 he was living at 8 Mitre Fold, Wolverhampton, together with his wife, Emily Maria, son George Frederick (born 30 September 1902) and daughter Gladys Irene (born 2 October 1906). George was a police constable with Wolverhampton Borough Police Force. They had another two sons, Albert, born on 16 March 1915, and Frank, born in 1921.

George joined the Army Service Corps on 21 April 1915, and this was noted in the Chief Constable’s Report Book on 3 May. He served in Salonica and survived the war, being discharged on 21 December 1918.