Born on 23 February 1892 in Watford, and baptised 17 April 1892 at Bushey and Oxhey Church, Horace was the son of William and Ellen (née Hutchinson) Heady. His father had been born in Steeply, Bucks and his mother in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire. They were married 12 August 1891 at St Matthew’s, Oxhey, Herts. Ellen died 1923 in Watford aged 51, and was buried 12 September in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; William died 1949 in Oxhey aged 82, and was buried 30 December, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
At the 1901 Census, Horace was nine and living in Ruislip with his 34-year-old father, 29-year-old mother and seven-year-old sister Louise. Like Horace, Louise had been born in Watford. His father was employed as a carter.
By the time of the 1911 Census, the family had moved to Home Farm, Carpenders, Watford, where his father was a cowman. Horace was now 19 and working as a drapers’ shop porter.
He married 22 December 1917 at Bushey and Oxhey Methodist Church. Alice remarried 1922 in the Watford district to William E King.