Cyril John Austin was born on 1st July 1892 in Hatfield, Herts, son of Josiah Austin (B 1849 in Hatfield) and Rhoda Grace Austin (nee Samuels) (B 1857 in Hatfield). The youngest of two brothers. He was Baptised on 4th September 1892, in the Parish of Bishops Hatfield.
He attended Countess Ann school from July 1895 to June 1899, then transferred to the Hatfield Boys School.
1901 Census records Cyril aged 8, living with his parents and elder brother Reginald 12, in Park Street, Hatfield.
By 1911 he had left school and was working as a Clerk, still living with his parents in Park Street, Hatfield.