According to his attestation papers dated September 20, 1915 at Toronto, George Alfred Beatty was born on May 22, 1897 in Allandale, Ontario. He listed his father Benjamin Beatty, Church Street, Mimico as his next of kin. He was a plumber and had no previous military experience. He was 18 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/4 inches tall. He had light blue eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion. He had a one inch scar on his thigh. He was a member of the Church of England.
In the 1914 Toronto City directory Benjamin Beatty is listed as a yardman living on the north side of Mimico Avenue, Mimico.