According to his attestation papers dated December 24, 1915 at Toronto, George Alexander Brandow of 3rd Street, New Toronto was born on October 12, 1894 at St. Williams, Ontario. He listed his sister Mrs. Mabel Dyer, 6th Street, New Toronto as his next of kin. He was a plumber and had no previous military experience. He was 21 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall. He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion. He had a mole on his left wrist and a scar on the back of his left hand. He was a Presbyterian.
In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a clerk boarding at the home of A. W. Boulter on the north side of Mimico Avenue, Mimico.