Born on 28 May 1890 in 74 Gower Street, London and baptised on 12 Aug 1890 in St George, Bloomsbury son of Charles Fitzroy Doll, F.R.I.B.A., F.S.I., J.P., (London and Hertford) and Emily Frances Doll (nee Tyler) also of Hadham Towers, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. Educated at Charterhouse School (1891-1907) and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Winner of Lord Roberts' Gold Cup at Aldershot in 1914, with his guns. He was a keen cricketer and is named on the Memorial of Members at Lords cricket ground. He joined the Kings Liverpool Regiment in 1909 and was posted to France on 13th August 1914.