George was one of the six sons of John and Margaret (nee Stout) Smith of 33 Bridgegate to serve in the War. He was the second of the five brothers, Alfred, Frederick, Robert and John William (Stout) who lost their lives. Alf's death prompted Mrs Bircham to write to the Queen regarding the "Heavily Bereaved" family. Wilf was given an official discharge and returned in the autumn of 1918.
George was trained as a bomb thrower. He was wounded in April 1916 but returned to the front once he had recovered.
Prior to the war George had worked in Ullathorne's shoe thread factory.