Born on 26 Oct 1896 in Haven End, Standon, Herts. son of Abel and Clara Cutmore and christened in High Cross on 3 Dec 1896. Living in Wadesmill in 1901, when his father was recorded as an agricultural labourer. The in 1911, still living on Wadesmill, David, then 14 years old, was a farm lad and his father a threshing machine labourer. Later lived in Sute's Farm, High Cross, Ware, Herts. He was the eldest of seven children.