Lou was born in the lush countryside of North-West England in 1998, to caring and well-established parents. His father worked as a local gamekeeper, keeping local wildlife in check in the months leading up to the shooting season, which was a common activity in the local area. His mother was a stall owner at a small market in the village they lived in, and he had no other siblings. His childhood was fairly normal, leading an average life for a young English lad, going through school and learning his father's trade, as it was common for sons to work in the same business as their fathers at the time of Lou's upbringing, and especially in the secluded village where he group up, which was miles away from any bordering towns or villages, meaning an opportunity for a solid and unique career was hard to come by. Lou behaved and worked averagely in school due to him feeling a sense of futility and dismay towards the system, primarily due to the fact that he knew his job for the rest of his life was already decided for him. He was by no means stupid however, he was definitely an intelligent young man, it was just poorly reflected in his childhood due to his lack of any real work ethic.
High school life for Lou was mundane at best, due to the secluded nature of his village, he was sick of seeing the same faces, talking to the same people and doing the same things constantly. That's not to say he wasn't a well behaved lad, there was no way for him to do drugs or drink as everybody knew everybody, and he almost certainly knew any defiance of his parents' wishes would land him at the end of a sharp bollocking. It was during his high school years where Lou developed his skills as a professional gamekeeper and amateur hunter, learning basic wilderness survival and the proper use and maintenance of the firearms available to him. He was certainly proficient in his work, his dad definitely made sure of that, he wouldn't have no son of his embarrassing him in front of the people he's known all his life. He was proficient in the operation of bolt-action small and big bore rifles, as well as semi-automatic sporting rifles, typically chambered in some small calibre like 22. LR or 22. Magnum. With his childhood being in the United Kingdom, gun laws even at that point were fairly strict, and anything other than Shotguns and single-shot Rifles were uncommon. Therefore, Lou isn't at all proficient in the operation of any military firearms, but his basic understanding of firearm etiquette, protocol and operation meant he could handle himself sufficiently well. (See Picture 3 for an image of Lou during his later high school years).
After high school however, Lou had a change of heart. He had no wish to stay in that secluded community, he wanted to meet people and do something different with his life, something that he chose himself. After finishing his upper education, he decided to move to the hub of North-Western England and enrol in the University of Manchester, studying business. His parents held somewhat of a resentment towards him for it, but they supplied him with the funds and off he went to make a name for himself. He found he could barely function in such an environment however. The big city was a lot different than the quiet and secluded country side, so he elected for a gap year from university, with the idea of going back the next year.
Lou had decided to backpack around Europe for the year away, in order to get himself used to civilization again. The complex workload coupled with the strange environment at University was too much for Lou to take in, so he took the first flight out to France, where he proceeded across the entire continent, where his destination would be Chernarus before circling back through Europe and heading home upon reaching France. That wasn't the case however, the reality of the situation happened to be much, much worse.
Lou arrived in Chernarus in late June of 2017, disappointed to see escalations in military presence across the country, limiting his travel due to the rising violence in the Zagoria province. He rented out a small Cabin on the Southern coastline of Chenarus, where he would stay for two weeks before leaving. He never knew however that he wouldn't be leaving any time soon. As he stayed he noticed increasingly strange military activity across the entire country, military jets, CDF troops and armour, he knew that South Zagoria was bad in previous months but he didn't believe it was enough to elicit this kind of a military response. As weeks pass, Lou notices an eerie quiet shrouding the streets of Chernarus, the outbreak has enveloped the majority of the nation, as well as spread to other neighbouring nations, with the Russian military enforcing a strict quarantine on the country, Lou fights for survival in the desolate wilderness of Chernarus.