Harry Hickman Binyon, born in Bushey on 14th December 1872, son of John Crouch Binyon an auctioneer and Emma Jane Crouch (nee Mayles). Baptised on 14th January 1873, in the Parish of Bushey, Herts. At the time his parents lived in Pinner Road, Bushey. He was the second of three children.
His parents married 9 April 1865 at St Sepulchre, Holborn, London. John died 12 May 1895 in Bushey, Herts, aged 66; Emma died 4 May 1916 in Oxhey, Herts, aged 72, and was buried 8 May in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford. There is a Death announcement for Emma in the Observer dated 6 May 1916.
1881 Census records Harry aged 8, at school, living with his parents, brother Arthur 9, and sister Lizzie 7, in Pinner Road, Bushey. They had two live-in Domestic Servents. He was educated at Watford Grammar School, attending from April 1884 to October 1887.
On the 1891 Census, a clerk aged 18, he still lived in Bushey, with his parents and two siblings.
His father John died in May 1895 and by 1901 Harry had taken over the auctioneering business, he was still living at home with his widowed mother and sister Lizzie at 91 Grover Road, Watford.
Still recorded as an auctioneer aged 31 he sailed from Southampton to Cape Town 31 December 1904 aboard Kinfauns Castle.