He married three times. In 1921 he married Emily "Pat" Tempest, a music-loving Bradford librarian. Two daughters were born, one in 1923 and one in 1924, but in 1925 his wife died of cancer.  In September 1926, he married Jane Wyndham-Lewis (ex-wife of the original ' Beachcomber ' D. B. Wyndham-Lewis , no relation to the artist Wyndham Lewis ); they had two daughters (including music therapist Mary Priestley ) and one son. In 1953, he divorced his second wife then married the archaeologist and also writer Jacquetta Hawkes , he collaborated on the play Dragon's Mouth .