Harry Patch was born in Combe Down, a village in Somerset, England. He appears in the 1901 Census as a two-year-old along with his stonemason father William, mother Elizabeth and older brothers George and William at a house called "Fonthill". Before the Great War, he worked as an apprentice plumber in Bath. He married Ada Billington in 1918, and they had two sons, Dennis (d. 1984) and Roy (d. 2002). Ada died in 1976. He later married Jean, who died in 1984. His partner in his last years was Doris (d. 2007).