Born on 30 Dec 1889 at Hascombe Place, Surrey son of Charles Benjamin and Emily (Bard) Lutyens and baptised on 9 Jan 1890 in Hascombe and of The Grove, Great Amwell, Herts. in 1911. Educated at King’s College School, Cambridge, Bedford Grammar and Aldenham School.
Entered Woolwich in 1909 for Artillery training. Gazetted 2nd Lieut in 1911, Lieut 1913 and Captain on 27 Oct 1916 and Temporary Major in Nov 16.