George Edward Kearl was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England on 15 August 1886. He was the son of Courtney William Kearl (1860-1913) and Isabella Maria Johnson (1860-1928), both Hampshire-natives who had married on 25 June 1883 in East Boldre, Hampshire.
George first appears on the 1891 census with his family living at 66 Kent Road, Freemantle, Southampton. His father is described as a coal porter. Also present are his siblings: Charles Courtney (b. 1884) and Nellie (b. 1889). They have moved to 44 Williams Street (?) by the time of the 1901 census, his father now being described as a general labourer and George himself, aged 14, as a boiler sealer (?). Another child is present at this time, Louisa, born in 1893. Most of the family, including George, appear to be absent for the 1911 census.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 37 Bay Road, Sholing, Hampshire. His last ship had been the Olympic. As a trimmer he received monthly wages of £5 10s.
Kearl, who was unmarried, was lost in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.