Born in 1887, Horace Vincent Blight was the son of Francis and Lizzie Ann (nee Smith) Blight from Islington. His father, a prominent Baptist and a constructional engineer with literary talent, was Chairman of Charles Griffin and Company (a London publishing house well-known for technical books) for 25 years. They had two children, Horace and Marianne, and the family lived in Islington before moving to Hampstead and then to Wealdstone.
His parents married 1884 in the Islington, London, district. Francis died 27 January 1925 in Mill Hill, Middx, aged 76; Lizzie died 3 November 1927 aged 73, also in Mill Hill.
Horace was educated at Merchant Taylors’ School, which at the time was in London. He then joined his father in the Charles Griffin publishing firm, where he was a chartered accountant and soon made a director.
On the 1891 Census, aged 3 he lived in Islington, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1901 Census, aged 13 he lived in Hampstead, London, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1911 Census, a secretary to a private limited company aged 23, he lived in Wealdstone, Middx, with one sibling.
He married 1913 Mabel King in the St Giles’, London, district and they made their home at 31 Oxhey Road, Watford; they has two children. Mabel never remarried and died 1957 in the Watford district aged 67.