John Aldred Palmer was born in 1895, at 195, St Albans Road, Watford, Herts, son of Frederick Palmer a Railway Clerk and Ellen Emily Palmer (nee Briggs). One of seven children one died in infancy. He was Baptised at St Andrews Church, Watford, on 23rd February 1896.
His parents married 2 September 1893 at St Michael’s, Wood Green, Middx. Frederick died 1 May 1940 aged 74; Ellen died 11 January 1965 aged 94; both in Abbot’s Langley, Herts; both buried at St Lawrence’s, Abbot’s Langley.
The census returns of 1901 record John aged 5, living with his parents and elder sister Helen 6, in Kingsfield Road, Watford, Herts. The family have a live-in House Keeper.
1911 Census returns show John aged 15, as a boarder at Woodbridge School in Suffolk.