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.