Harold was born in the spring of 1875, the only son amongst the four children of 44-year old Agnes, living in Alma Square in the Marylebone area of London. No occupation is given for his mother, who had been born in the West Indies, so she probably had private means to bring up her children and could afford boarding fees. Why she chose LWGS for Harold is unknown. Harold arrived as a boarder at LWGS at some time between 1888 and 1890 and left after 1891. In the 1901 Census, he was living in Woodbridge, East Suffolk, ‘living on his own means’ again suggesting that the family was well off. He enlisted in the Munster Fusiliers and in December of 1914 was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain.