George Caton was born in 1896, in Skipton, North Yorkshire. His family moved to Doncaster soon after and George lived at 11 Cemetery Road with his father John, a groom coachman and his mother and 3 siblings. The family moved to 16 Don Street in Wheatley as the family expanded and George was working age 15 as a pony driver in a coal mine. He later worked at Bullcroft Colliery. George married Lillie Womack in early 1915.
George had been a member of the Doncaster Territorials for 5 years previous to their mobilisation and arrived in France with the 5th K.O.Y.L.I. in April 1915. By November of 1916, he’d been wounded four times, mentioned twice in dispatches and recommended for reward after rescuing a comrade in 1915. He was wounded on July 28th 1916 during an attack on a German trench. In a letter to George’s wife, a Warrant Officer from George’s battalion stated that the Company Commander ‘thought there was not another man in the regiment to equal him, because he was fearless, and during the past few works the work he has done may bring his name once more in the Commander-in-Chief’s despatches when the time comes round.’ In November of 1916, The Doncaster Gazette reported that George had been awarded the Military Medal for ‘good service as a bomber, particularly during the attack on an enemy trench in the Leipzig Salient on 28th July 1916, where he displayed marked gallantry.’ George’s son, George Jr was born at the end of 1917. In April of 1918, Lillie, now living at 57 James Street, received a letter from one of George’s comrades informing her that George had been killed in action. In September of 1918, official confirmation of George’s death was reported to his family. George is memorialised at Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2, France. A week later, George’s mother received the news that her husband John William, George’s father, who had been serving with the Army Service Corps, had died of pneumonia in a British War Hospital in France.