Born 1890 in Sittingbourne, Kent to Leonard Thomas and Emma Forster. Baptised on 15 February 1890 at Sittingbourne. 1911 Census: living with parents and brothers, Albert and Vallance and sister Lily. at Fernlee Villas, Glebe Road, Warlingham, Surrey. His father was a labourer and was working as a butcher. Married Ada Mary Payne in 1913 at Godstone, Surrey, who later lived at 4 Myddleton Villas, Church Lane, Wormley, Herts.