Harry John Hodgins, born at Hatch End, Middlesex, on 19th January 1894, was the son of Walter William Hodgins, a domestic coachman, and his wife Elizabeth Hodgins (nee Tibbles).
1901 Census records Harry aged 7 living with his parents, elder brother William 10, at Woodridge, Pinner, Middlesex.
Harry was employed by the London & North Western Railway Company in January 1909 as a railway porter.
In 1911 Harry had left home and was living as a lodger at 61 Grover Road, Oxhey, with the Wilson family, within walking distance of Bushey railway station where he worked as a Porter. When Harry enlisted, he was a ticket collector at Watford Station.