Joseph George Giddings was born in 1895 in Lambeth, Surrey according to his service records but according to the baptismal records he was born on 20 June 1892. His father was Joseph Giddings but his mother is unknown.
He was 15 years old and recently adopted by Mrs Elizabeth Lawrence when he was baptised at Ayot St Peter in March 1908 as his father had died. He lived in at Ayot Green, nr Welwyn, Herts with Mrs Elizabeth Lawrence his adoptive mother. (unable to trace him on any Census records)