George, who was born at Stanthorpe, Queensland to William and Jessie McTavish, was a twenty seven year old Linesman living at Elsmore when he enlisted. His father was a miner and the family had moved to the district to live about 1913.
George joined the First Contingent of The Kurrajongs when they left Inverell for the Narrabri camp. Unfortunately George was found to be medically unfit and was discharged at Narrabri. He had previously tried to enlist in Queensland in August 1915 and was rejected. He lived at Elsmore where he died in 1967 and was buried at the Elsmore Cemetery