Herbert George Brrett was born on 19th August 1884 in Middlesbrough, Yorks, the youngest of two children of George Borrett a Lithographic Printer and Marguerite Borrett (nee Forster).
His parents married 1870 in the Islington, London, district. George died 12 September 1901 in Wealdstone, Middx, aged 57, and was buried 18 September in St Pancras Cemetery, Camden, London; Margaret died 1909 in the St Pancras district aged 59.
Herbert was born 19 August 1884 in Middlesbrough, Yorks, and baptised 27 January 1885 in the Parish of St John's, Middlesbrough, the family were living at 22 Kent Street, at the time.
1891 Census records Herbert aged 6, at School, living with his parents and elder sister Florence 18, in Janes Street, Stoke upon Trent, Staffordshire.
He attended St Peter’s School, Stoke-on-Trent; then Hanley Higher Grade Board School, Staffs, from 19 August 1895.
By 1901 now aged 17, Herbert was working as an Assistant at a Stationers Shop, living with his parents and elder sister Florence, in Queens Road, Stoke upon Trent.
Herbert moved south and became a Newspaper Jounalist and in his spare time he was Teaching Shorthand.
On 28 June 1910 he married Ellen Jane Doubtfire, the daughter of Frederick James Doubtfire and Ellen Louisa Doubtfire at Emmanuel Church, Northwood, Middelsex.
The 1911 Census record Herbert as married to Ellen Jane, living at 6 Grant Road, Wealdstone, Middlesex. His occupation is a Journalist and working on his own account. Later they had one child and resided in Oxhey, Herts.
Sometime after 1915 they moved to ‘Mendip’, 6, Bushey Grove Road, Watford, a substantial, newly built house.
Ellen never remarried after Herbert’s death, and died 25 November 1951 in Stockport, Lancs, aged 67.