Hugh Cathcart Maddox was born in Launceston on 4 Oct 1879, the seventh child of Dr William Gordon Maddox (1844-1916) and his wife and Maria Grace Schultze (c.1849-1889). Like his brothers he was educated at the Launceston High School, starting there in 1894. He fought in the Boer War as a private in the First Tasmanian Contingent, which left Launceston in Oct 1899. He does not seem to have lived in Tasmania after this time. See The Examiner 27 May 2006, p.34.