According to his attestation papers dated August 13, 1915 at Toronto, George Palmer was born on February 19, 1895 in Kent, England. He listed Mr. Fred Palmer, Dean Street, Mimico as his next of kin. He listed his occupation as packer and indicated that he had no previous military experience. He was 21 years old and stood 5 feet, 9 inches. He had blue eyes, dark hair and a dark fair complexion.
In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a clerk living with Mrs. Elizabeth Palmer (widow Fred) on the east side of Church Street (present day Royal York Road), Mimico.