Wilfred James Arnold Pankhurst was born on 10th April 1894 in Watford, Herts, the youngest of 4 children of Henry John Pankhurst (B1850 in Hatfield, Herts) a Parcel Porter at the General Post Office and Eliza Pankhurst (B 1861 in Creech St Michael, Somerset) (nee Wills). He was Baptise on the13th May 1894, at Hampstead Christ Church, at the time the family were living at 93 Heath Street, Hampstead.
1901 Census records Wilfred aged 6, living at 15 Oxhey Street, Watford, Herts, with his parents, and three siblings, Winifred 15, Ernest 13, and Arthur 10.
By 1911, his father Henry had retired, his older brother Ernest (23), was a Postman, Winifred (25) a Cashier and Bookkeeper and Arthur (20), a Machinist, Wilfred, who was 16, was a clerk with the London North Western Railway Company. They were all still living at 15 Oxhey Street, Watford.
His parents married 28 May 1885 in Creech St Michael, Somerset. Henry died in 1924 in the Watford district aged 74; Eliza died in 1929 in the Dartford, Kent, district aged 69.