Eric Lillywhite Lailey, born in Bushey, Herts, on 14th November 1894, son of Ernest Henry Lailey, a Civil Engineer and Leah Weeks/Wecks Lailey (nee Lillywhite). The second of four children and the only son. Eric was Baptised on 14th December 1894 at St James Church, Bushey, Herts.
1901 Census records Eric aged 6, living with his parents, sister Joan 4, and two live in Domestic Servants. Census address: “Firbank”, Staunton Park, New Bushey, Herts. His elder sister Nancy 9 was a boarder at “Corseley House” (Young Ladies School) in Groombridge, Sussex.
Eric was educated at Bedales Boarding School in Petersfield, Hampshire.
1911 Census records Eric aged 16, and still at school, at home with his parents, sisters Nancy 19, Joan 14, and Dorothy 7, and one live in Domestic Servant. Census address: “Firbank”, Pinner Road Watford, Oxley, Herts.
He attended University College London and Qualifying as a Civil Engineer.