Cecil Bertram White was born in Ayot St Peter, Herts on 15 July 1891, the son of James and Emily White and baptised on 6 September 1891 at Ayot St Peter, Herts.
On the 1901 Census the family were living at Ayot Bury and his father was working as a domestic Coachman. In 1911 Census they had moved to North Road, Lemsford and Cecil was working as a tailor (in Welwyn). He was a good sportsman and had been elected captain of Hatfield football club in 1910.
Before he went to war he became engaged to Grace Wren of Lemsford. She is said to have died of a broken heart when she passed away on 22 September 1918.