The son of George and Emma J. Marshall, George was born in Wolverhampton in 1895. In both 1901 and 1911, he was living at 4 Faulkland Street, Wolverhampton, along with his parents and sister Ellen M. By 1911 he had an additional sister, Elsie, and was working as an assistant in business.
In May 1916, he enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 22143), by which date his trade was given as a labourer. He received a gun shot in the right leg on 22 April 1917, and his wounds were reported in the Express & Star on 26 May 1917. He was discharged on 11 April 1918. He received the King’s Certificate on 11 May 1918. He was awarded the Silver War Badge (number 401389) on 6 April 1918. Unfortunately, he died later that year, presumably as a result of his wounds.