Before the outbreak of World War One, George worked as a painter and decorator. He was also a ‘Trustee and Sidesman’ at the Bourne Methodist Chapel on Hednesford Road and in 1914 he married local girl, Phylis Angell.
George enlisted with a currently unknown regiment. He was ‘gassed’ in the trenches while on active service and sent home to convalesce.
(Soldiers who survived gas attacks often suffered from respiratory diseases for the rest of their life. Many were also left blind or with scarring from blisters and burns caused when the gas came into contact with their skin.)
George did survive World War One but he was taken ill in June 1926 and died of pneumonia shortly after. (Perhaps the damage to his lungs was caused by the effects of the gas?).
He was buried at St. John’s Churchyard and is commemorated on the Heath Hayes War Memorial.