Born in 1888 in Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon, son of James and Emma Geen and lived at Tower Hill, Cheriton Fitzpaine on the 1891 Census. In 1891 the famly were still living at Tower Hill, Cheriton Fitzpaine,Devon and then, in 1901 aged 12, he was living at 2 Pioneer Terrace, Buckfastleigh, Devon. By 1911 he was a boarder at Kings Walden, working as a domestic gardener. He married Constance Parkins on 1 July 1915 by special licence (on 30 June 1915) at St Matthew, St Pancras, London, possibly because he was being sent to France. She was born at King's Walden and later lived at Breachwood Green, Herts. His father later lived at 2 Coleridge Road, Exeter.