According to his attestation papers dated September 20, 1915 at Toronto, Horace Lanchbury was born on April 3, 1877 in Oxford, England. He listed his wife Lillian Lanchbury, Mimico as his next of kin. He listed his occupation as a printer and indicated that he had no previous military experience. He was 38 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 4 1/2 inches. He had brown eyes, dark hair and complexion. He had a burn scar below his right breast. He was a Baptist.
According to the 1914 Toronto City directory he was a painter living on the north side of Dean Street, Mimico. In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is living on the south side of Symons Street, Mimico.