Alfred John Whiffen was born on 4 February 1888 in Albury, Herts (Bishops Stortford district), the son of Charles Whiffen and Alice (nee Jordan), and baptised on 22 July 1888 in Furneux-Pelham, Herts. On
the 1891 and 1901 Censuses he was living with his parents at Patmore Heath,
Albury. On the 1911 Census, he was living at Beeches Farm, Brent Pelham,
Buntingford, Herts and working as a Farm Labourer.