George was born in Aberychan, Monmouthshire, Wales on 5th November 1897 to parents George and Annie where he lived with his siblings, helping with his father’s fishmonger and fruitier business as soon as he was old enough.
He joined the RNVR for the duration of hostilities on 31st August 1916, intending to return to his father's business on completion of his service.
He stood at 5'9" tall, with light brown hair and blue eyes and trained at HMS Victory VI as an Ordinary Seaman from 22nd January 1917 to 20th May 1917, then transferred for one month to Pembroke l.
George had one of the shortest periods aboard the Vanguard of all the crew, spending just 13 days on-board before he was killed, having been posted on 26th June 1917.
His Victory and British medals were awarded to his father after his death.
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1901 Wales Census
The National Archives Admiralty: Naval Casualties, Indexes, War Grave Rolls and Statistics Book, First World War.; Class: ADM 242/ 008 (1914 - 1919)
The National Archives Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Service Registers and Registers of Deaths and Injuries. Registers of Reports of Deaths
Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 ADM 171/ 126
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Service Records Index, 1903-1922 - National Archives
WWI Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; Pension Record Cards; Reference: 079/0372/GOS-GOU
Photo credit - Gwent Archives