Lawrence Robert Eyden was born in Crewe, Cheshire on 20th March 1895, son of Frederick Eyden, an Accountant for the London & North Western Railway Company and Jessie Eyden (nee Ferguson), they had eight children, one of whom died in childhood. He was Baptised on 26th April 1895, at Christ Church in Crew.
The 1901 Census records the family now living in Hampstead. Lawrence was aged 6, and at school, he had three sisters, Margaret 16, Jessie 9, Dora 3, and two brothers Arthur 12 and Herbert 10, they were living at 41, Adelaide Road, Hampstead, London / Middlesex. They also had a live in Domestic Servant.
In 1911, five of the Eyden children were living at home. Lawrence and three sisters; Constance was an elementary school teacher, Jessie was a student of domestic economy and Dora was still at school. His elder brother, Arthur, was a clerk to a wholesale tea merchant and Lawrence, who was sixteen, was a Civil Service clerk. The family had moved up the road to 79, Adelaide Road, Hampstead.
At the time Lawrence enlisted he was employed by “The Royal Bank of Canada” at their London branch and was living in Bushey, Herts.