George Turtle was born in Purley (then in Surrey, now part of the London Borough of Croydon) with ambiguous genitalia, but was raised as a man. He trained as a dentist, and served in that capacity in the Royal Navy from 1944. On leaving the Navy in 1948 he worked as a dentist in Croydon and later in Hove.
In his mid-30s George started living as a woman, but reverted to the male role for a while. She later had hormone treatment and corrective surgery. In 1960 she had her birth certificate changed to female. In 1962 she got married in church to Christopher Somerset.
She has written that sex change surgery should only be for intersex people, not for transsexuals.
- http://www.croydontrans.org.uk/georgina.shtml. Accessed: 2015-07-31. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6aQd2HAjX).
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/medicine-obituaries/10498291/Georgina-Somerset-obituary.html Obituary, Daily Telegraph 5 December 2013
- Georgina Somerset, A Girl Called Georgina, The Book Guild Limited 1992 (bound with Over the Sex Border: Change of Sex: a comprehensive study, by Georgina Turtle, first published by Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963)
- http://zagria.blogspot.co.uk/2008/05/georgina-somerset-1923-dentist.html#.UiA_Oj9h9AM A Gender Variance Who's Who, "Georgina Somerset, dentist"