According to his attestation papers dated October 20, 1915, Chester George Turley, was born in Brentwood, Ontario on September 3, 1895. He first listed his father George Turley of 155 Emerson Avenue, Toronto as his next of kin but it was later crossed out and Mary Turley, 605 Brantford Street (?) was written in. He indicated that he was a Shipper and that he had no previous military experience. He was 20 years 1 month in age and stood at 5 feet 10 inches tall. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion. He had a 1/2 inch scar on his right foot, on top near his little toe.
According to the 1921 Toronto City directory he was boarding at the home of Peter McBridge on the north side of Mimico Avenue.