In January 1915, George married Hannah Barton, and a son was born that year named George William. The family were living at 47 Ollershaw Lane.
It was a busy year for George because on the 26th September 1915, he was in France as part of 10th Battalion The Cheshire Regiment.
George entered service as a Private but was quickly promoted to Lance Corporal. At some point, he was taken as a prisoner of war.
An estimated 192,000 British and Commonwealth servicemen were taken captive during the First World War.
In 1914, prisoners of war transported to Germany from the Front often had to sleep in fields, where they suffered from exposure while they waited for their camps to be built. The prisoners were also used as labour to build the camps.
Starting in 1915, the German authorities put in place a system of camps, nearly three hundred in all, and did not hesitate to resort to denutrition, punishments and psychological mobbing; incarceration was also combined with methodical exploitation of the prisoners. This prefigured the systematic use of prison camps on a grand scale during the 20th century.
George Edgar Austin was buried at Cologne Southern Cemetery in Germany.
Hannah went on to marry William Henry Yeomans in 1930 and had a daughter Gwen Yeomans, born 1931.