George was the second son, one of six children of Thomas & Edith Roberts of Church Cottage, Eardisland (now called Westwayes). Educated at the village school he later worked locally as a farm labourer.
Joining the Guards on the 26th September 1914, he completed training at the Guards Depot before joining the 4th battalion of the Grenadier Guards, a newly formed Guards unit awaiting deployment from England to the Western Front.
George became ill at some stage in early June. He was sent to the Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital in Millbank, London. Records show he was suffering from tuberculosis but the cause of his death on 5th July 1915 was registered as paratyphoid.
His body was returned to the village he grew up in and he was duly buried in the churchyard of St Mary's Eardisland, in a plot south of the church.