Vincent John Austin was born in Wood Green, Middlesex on 20th November 1896, son of Vincent Jas Austin (a School Teacher) (B 1862 in Hatfield) and Rebeca Austin (nee Ascoli) (B 1865 in Buckhurst Hill, Essex). The youngest of two children.
He was Baptised on 21st March 1897, at St Michael, Wood Green, Middx. At the time the family lived at 75 Bury Road, Noel Park, Wood Green.
1901 Census records Vincent aged 4, living with his parents, and sister Rica Clara 7, at 7 Bury Road, Noel Park, Wood Green, Middx.
By 1911 the family had moved to Hatfield and were living at Vine Cottage, New Town, Hatfield. His grandmother Emma Austin was also living with the family.
Vincent attended Dagmar House School for boy's in Hatfield.