According to his attestation papers dated October 4, 1915 at Toronto, George Emerson Allen was born on May 1, 1894 in Humber Bay, Ontario. He listed his father Joseph William Allen, Humber Bay, as his next of kin. He was unmarried, a gardener and a member of the Humber Bay Home Guards for a period of 3 months. He was 21 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 1/2 inches in height. He had brown eyes, fair hair and a dark complexion. He was a Methodist.
According to the 1911 census his father emigrated to Canada from England in 1874. The family were living on Salisbury Avenue, Humber Bay.