Born Noden, Cambs., son of Wilfred Benjamin Bonfield and Lizzie (nee Moule). Birth registered in Q1 1891 at Royston, and baptized at Kelshall on 3rd May 1891. 1891 census shows Frederick William, aged 3 weeks, living with parents in Guilden Morden, Cambs. His mother Lizzie died 1896, and in the 1901 census he appears, aged 10, at his maternal grandparent’s home in Kelshall. In the 1911 census, he is boarding at Knight’s Hill, Westmill, aged 20, and working as a groom, presumably at Brent Pelham, though SDITGW records him living in Letchworth when he enlisted in Bishops Stortford.