George Auguste Godley was born in South Stoneham, Hampshire, England on 25 June 1873. He was the son of George Godley (1839-1925) and Caroline Brookman (1844-1924), both Southampton-natives who had married in 1862.
George was one of five children, his siblings being: Louisa (b. 1862), Caroline (b. 1871), Ada (b. 1876) and Emily (b. 1878).
George first appears on the 1881 census when he and his family are living at 2 Graces Court, St Mary, Southampton. His marine fireman father is absent. On the 1891 census the family are now located at 31 Chapel Street, Southampton, a few doors down from Titanic crewman George Cavell. At this time George was described as a seaman and would be again when he was listed with his parents at 10 Queen Street. On the 1911 census George is absent but his parents are residing at 1 Morris Court, Orchard Lane, Southampton.
When George signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912 he gave his local address as 17 Mount Street, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Irishman. As a fireman he received monthly wages of £6.
George survived the sinking of the Titanic, but it is unclear in which lifeboat he escaped.
George was never married and continued a career at sea into the 1920s and beyond. He continued to reside in Southampton and died there in 1940 aged 67. He is buried in an unmarked grave at Hollybook Cemetery, Southampton (section E3, plot 94).