Harold John Garrish was born in Nottingham in the first quarter of 1878, the son of a journalist. He followed in his father's footsteps, joining the staff of Comic Cuts 1891, and becoming a sub-editor at the Amalgamated Press, later an editor, and finally, in the 1920s, director in charge of all the company's comic papers. He also wrote stories for many of them, including "Cookie Scrubs" for Pluck, later reprinted in The Wonder and Boy's Friend. He used a variety of pseudonyms, including Harry Belbin, Walter Everard, Jack Fordwych, John Edmund Fordwych, Grant Foster, George Garrish and Wallace Morrell. He stayed with the company long past retirement age, and was still there when he died in the third quarter of 1956, aged 78.
- Alan Clark, Dictionary of British Comic Artists, Writers and Editors, The British Library, 1998, p. 62