July 12, 1865, St. George, Gloucestershire, England.
June 3, 1944, Downend (near Bristol), England.
George was the son of gardener and nurseryman William Smith.
He started out as a cobbler, but joined the Salvation Army (SA) around 1879, possibly in Kingswood, Bristol, England. After an SA brass band formed in 1881, he was bandmaster for several years. Several of his songs appeared in the SA’s Musical Salvationist.
In 1897, he became an itinerant Methodist preacher, and served as a Sunday school superintendent and teacher.