George Dodd was born in Wolverhampton in 1885, the son of William and Mary Dodd. In the 1891 census the family were 9 Court, Littles Lane, and George and his parents were joined by his sister Alice, and brothers Joseph, James and William. George’s father, William, died in 1893. By 1901, George, his widowed mother, his brother William, along with relatives Thomas and Alice Bateman, and their children William T. and Ruth, were living at 13 Southampton Street. By this date, George was a general labourer.
George enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 11916) and was promoted to Sergeant. He received the Distinguished Conduct Medal. His citation appeared in the London Gazette on 22 September 1916, as follows:
For conspicuous gallantry during operations. When his company was acting as a working party, he rendered invaluable services in rallying men and keeping them to their tasks under very difficult and trying circumstances.
On 16 August 1917 the London Gazette reported that he had been awarded the Military Medal. Finally on 24 September 1917, the Gazette announced that he had been awarded the Belgian Decoration Militaire.
George survived the war, and he may have got married and had children. He died in Wolverhampton in 1955.