According to his attestation papers dated January 24, 1916 at Mimico, George Ernest Bailey of Symons Street, Mimico was born on August 12, 1883 in Toronto. He listed his wife, Katherine May Bailey, Symons Street, Mimico as his next of kin. He was a clerk and had no previous military experience. He was 32 years and 6 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall. He had brown hair, dark hair and complexion. He was a Methodist.
In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a carpenter boarding in the home of Robert Barlow on the north side of Mimico Avenue.