Herbert James Baker was born in Hatfield, Herts, on 8th August 1882 ,son of James Baker and Clara Baker (nee Collins). The youngest of three children.
He was Baptised on 23rd August 1882, in the Parish of Bishops Hatfield. Attending Hatfield C of E School from July 1886 to June 1889.
1891 Census records Herbert aged 8 at school, living with his parents, brother John 13, and sister Mary 11, at Newtown Cottages, Hatfield, Herts.
By 1901 he had left school and was working as a Cowman on a Farm, still living at home with his parents, brother and sister in St Albans Road, Newtown, Hatfield, Herts.
Herbert Married Elsie Elizabeth Pateman, the daughter of William and Eliza Pateman of Hatfield on 12th May 1906 in the Parish Church of Bishops Hatfield.
1911 Census records Herbert married to Elsie, they have 3 children, Arthur 4, Winifred 3 and William 5 months. It is believed they had two more children Sydney and Queenie.