Born 17th May 1894 in Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, Scotland, George was one of eight children to George and Christina Sharp. Being brought up on “Cleavans Farm” Renfrewshire meant an early career as a farmer but it wasn’t long before he sought to broaden his horizons. Archive records show at the young age of 18 he departed Glasgow on a ship called Glenarm Head, heading for Quebec Canada, arriving on 3rd May 1913.
George had only been in Canada for two years when he enlisted in the 73rd Royal Highlanders of Canada in Montreal, Quebec. This was on the 27th October 1915 when he was only 21 years old. Having given up the life of a civilian for the duration of the war he was soon giving up the life of a bachelor. Only two weeks after enlisting he married his love, Alice Ironside in Montreal.
In May 1916 both George and his new wife were married again. This time the ceremony took place in Stricken, Aberdeen—home of the Ironside family.