According to his attestation papers dated September 24, 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec, George Fordyce was born on December 28, 1895 in Humber Bay, Ontario. He listed J. Fordyce, Humber Bay as his next of kin. He was single and an electrician. He had no previous military experience. He was 19 years 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 inches tall. He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion. He had numerous moles on the left side of his chest and a mole between his shoulders. He was a Baptist.
According to the 1911 census and his birth registration he was actually born in 1894 and so was one year older than indicated on his attestation papers. The family was living on Oliver Street, Humber Bay. George's father, mother and oldest brother James were all born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada in 1889.