Born in 1881 in Hertford son of James and Emma Foley, he had four brothers and four sisters and living in the Folly, Hertford in 1891. They later lived at 96 Duncombe Road, Bengeo. He married Mary Mahala Mumford on 20 Aug 1910 in Little Amwell at 2 Thornton Street, Hertford in 1911 and then 17 the Folly, Hertford. He was a timber sorter. Later they had three sons Herbert, Eric and Albert.