Born in 1864 in St James, London and baptised in Thorley, Hertfordshire on 1 Jul 1864 son of Thomas Gooch, J.P. and Emma Gooch. Lived at Bovingdon Green House in 1871. He married Amy St. John Etheridge in 1899 in St James, Piccadilly and had one son. Joined the Navy in 1877 at H.M.S. Britannia, Midshipman in 1880, Sub-Lieutenant in 1884 and Lieutenant in 1887. Served in Egyptian Campaign (1882-89). Resigned to the Emergency List of Officers in 1901 but his commission was restored in 1914.