George H.B. Bernard received his schooling at Durban High School and at Michaelhouse, matriculated through the University of the Cape of Good Hope in 1899 and passed the university's intermediate examination for the BA degree (equivalent to passing the first year of study) in 1900. He then went to England and in October 1900 enrolled at St John's College, University of Cambridge, where he was awarded the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1903. On 15 July 1914 he married Alice Davis in Johannesburg. After her death in 1958 he married Muriel Annie Baillie.
Bernard contributed two papers to the Transactions of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers. The first dealt with "Switches and switchboards" (1910, Vol. 2(5), p. 78), the second with "Some telephone switching problems" (1920, Vol. 11(5), p. 76).