Born in Bushey on 19 August 1881, Frederick William John Fountain, or Fred as he was known, was the only son of William and Maria (née Armstrong) Fountain. His parents were married in December 1876 at St James’, Bushey, Herts. and by the time of the 1881 Census were living in Paddock Road, Oxhey. His father was a labourer.
At the 1891 Census, Frederick was aged 10 and living in Oxhey with his parents and his sister, Emily Charlotte, who was born in 1883. Frederick’s father died in 1896 at the age of 42 and Frederick continued to live with his mother and Emily.
At the 1901 Census, when Frederick was 19, they were living at 73 Villiers Road, Oxhey with two boarders. Frederick was employed as a general labourer and Emily as a laundry maid.
By 1911, Emily had married George Eli Bosworth, a bricklayer. They had a son, George, aged 2. Fred, his mother and two boarders were living with them at 64 Villiers Road, Oxhey. Maria died, aged 71, in 1925.