George H. Sherwin was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire on 19 September 1883 to Henry Hayles and Emma Sherwin (nee Webb), the High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire.
He had an older sister, Agnes and three younger sisters, Eleanor, Kathleen and Nora. He attended Lord Williams School in Thame. He married Evelyn Webb in September 1912 in Leicester. They lived at 98 Victoria Road in Leicester.
George was a motor finisher when he enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps (56471) which was the over-land arm of British military during most of World War I and involved support of the Army including photographic reconnaissance. George flew with the 54th Squadron and died on 18 February 1917.
The squadron was formed at Castle Bromwich on 5 May 1916 and crew members flew BE2C’s and Avro 504s. In September 1916 the Squadron was re-equipped with Sopwith Pups and became the first
Royal Flying Corps Squadron to fly these British single-seater biplane fighter aircraft. In December 1916, 54 Sqn moved to France as a day fighter squadron initially providing bomber escort duties. The Squadron went on to specialise in attacking enemy observation balloons during the Battle of Arras.
George is remembered on the Leicester (Welford Road) Cemetery, Waddesdon War Memorial and Lord Williams’s School Honour Board.