Roderic Dexter Sharpe was born on 13th August 1896 and christened at St James' Church on 20th September that year. His parents were Alexander Sharpe (a hairdresser) and Margaret. They lived at 22 Great George Place which was across the road from St James' Church.
The 1901 census shows the family were still at this address, Alexander was a hairdresser and an employer. Roderic, aged 4, had a brother who was one year older; his name was Mornington Dexter Sharpe.
By the time of the 1911 census the family had moved a few houses down to 30 Great George Place which would seem to have included his hair salon as he was an employer and worked at home. They also had two more children; daughters Marjorie Dexter Sharpe and Mildred Dexter Sharpe. The census return shows that they hadn't lost any children and their house with 6 occupants has 9 rooms, this was a larger than average house!