Stafford Hope Venton was born in Taunton, Somerset, in 1892. He was the only child of William Venton and Beatrice Maud, nee Pidgeon, but he may also have had a half sister, Alice, who was born before Stafford’s parents married. Thus far I have been unable to trace a birth registration for her, but she appears with the rest of the family in the 1901 census. At that time the family were living at 16 Eastbourne Road, Taunton. His father was working as a railway labourer, and his mother as a button hole maker in a factory.