Walter William Wick was the eldest child of David and Mary Ann Wick (nee Read). He was born in Brent Pelham, but baptised in Great Hormead (his father’s birthplace) on 7th December 1890. In the 1891 and 1901 censuses, the family lived at Black Hall farm, Brent Pelham, where David was a horseman. In 1911 the address is given more precisely as Westley Cottages, Black Hall. In 1911, Walter William, by now 21, was employed as a shepherd. In the spring of 1914, he married Elsie M Rogers, with whom he had a son John I, born in the first quarter of 1916.