According to his attestation papers dated June 9, 1915 at Niagara, Ernest George Worsfold was born on December 17, 1886 in Shalford, Surrey, England. He listed his mother Sophia Worsfold, Eastwood Road, Bromley, Surrey, England as his next of kin. He was a clerk and indicated that he was a member of an active militia. He was 28 years of age and stood 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall. He had brown eyes, dark hair and dark complexion. He was a member of the Church of England.
In the 1914 Toronto City Directory he is listed as a bookmaker, boarding with Mrs. S. Eliz. Brown, widow of Chas. E, on the corner of Queen and Salisbury (present day Queensway and Park Lawn Road).