Born 17 January 1884 in Sheppey, Kent, son of Stephen & Susannah Gambell. 1901 Census: living with family in Westgate On Sea, Kent and working as a Carpenter. 1911 Census: Boarding at 80 Langney Road, Eastbourne, Sussex and working as a domestic chauffeur. Married Bertha Eliza Beavington on 22 September 1914. Lived at 39 King Gardens, Plymouth. Wife's address initially given as Oak Lodge, Duston, Northants. (She previously worked as a lady's maid at Wicken Park, Northants).