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George was born in Bilston in 1890, the son of Samuel and Ann Clifford. They were living at 36 John Street, Bilston, in 1901, with George’s siblings Richard, William, Annie and John S. George had a daughter, Maud Ethel, in Wolverhampton in 1909, and he married Sarah Reynolds (the mother of his child) in Dudley in 1910. By 1911, George and his wife and daughter were boarding at the home of Thomas Fullard, at 51 George Street, Ettingshall, Priestfield. They had a further two children before the war broke out – Annie S. (1912) and George S. T. (1914).

George enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 16354), serving first as a Private and later as a Corporal. His name was listed in the Express & Star on 10 February 1917 as having been wounded, but he appears to have recovered from his wounds and survived the war. The couple went on to have five more children – Stephen (1920), Norman H. (1921), Albert E. (1923), Beryl I. (1925), and Ronald V. (1930). George died in Bilston in 1937.