Lionel Smart Grove was born in Watford, Herts, on 7th
December 1896, son of Walter Grove (B 1863 in Amersham, Bucks) an Auctioneer
and Elizabeth Annie Grove (nee Smart), (B 1867 in Aldgate, London, who had four
children. Lionel was the only one who survived.
1901 Census records Lionel aged 4, Living with his parents
and sister Gladys 1, at 66 Gladstone Road, Watford, Herts. (His sister Gladys
died in 1907).
In September 1909, he entered Watford Boys Grammar School on
a Fullers Scholarship, leaving in December 1912, aged 16.
By 1911 the family had moved to 133 Lower Paddock Road,
Oxhey. His father Walter now gave his occupation as an estate agent and Lionel,
aged 15, was a pupil at Watford Boys’ Grammar School.
There is an entry in The British Postal Appointments Book
for November 1912, which records Lionel’s appointment as a Boy Clerk, at Mount Pleasant,
His father Walter died in February 1913, aged 49.