Born in Watford in 1879, William Robert Croucher was the eldest son of Robert and Harriet (née Kingham) Croucher, who’s marriage was registered in 1875 in the Watford district. His father was a general labourer, living initially at Watford Field.
William was one of eight children, three of whom died during childhood. As the family increased, they moved to 5 Lower Paddock Road, Oxhey.
William was employed as a road labourer and married Annie Elizabeth (née Hucker) in 1900, the marriage registered in the Watford district. By 1915 they were living at 2, Prospect Place, Chalk Hill, Bushey.