Born in Hanover Terrace, London on 27/08/1879 to parents John Henry and Emma Buxton, of Easneye, Ware, Herts.. Attended Harrow School and then Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied zoology. Member of the Barclays Banking family. Director in Westminster branch from 1909 until he joined up. Keen on field sports The 1901 census shows him living with his uncle Robert Barclay at High Leigh, Hoddesdon. Prior to the war he had spent some time in the USA and returned on the SS Olympic (sister ship to the Titanic) arriving back in England on 19/12/1913. He was working as a local director of Barclays Bank in Westminster. He came from a famous family; his great grandfather was Thomas Fowell Buxton, a leading 19th Century abolitionist against the slave trade. Enlisted 24 Sep 1914.