James Henry Wallen was born on 13 November 1892 in Much Hadham, Herts to Henry and Sarah Wallen and baptised there on 1 January 1893. On
the 1901 Census the family were living at Great Parndon, Essex, where his father
was a Horse keeper on a farm. By the 1911 Census they had moved to 57 New Town
Road, Bishop's Stortford and James was working as a Groom Domestic. His parents later lived at 146 South Street, Bishop's Stortford.