Born 7 Jan 1892 in Mangrove Lane, Hertford, son of Albert and Lilian Swain. He was christened on 17 Apr 1892 in Weston, Herts. and was living in Paradise Row, Brickendon, Herts. in 1901. Albert and Lilian moved back to Pegler’s Farm near Hitchin. He emigrated to Vancouver on his own in 1910 and was living in 533 Robson St, Vancouver in 1911.