Born 24 November 1894 in Weston, Herts, son of William George and Bertha Caroline Chapman. Baptised on 24 October 1895 at Therfield, Herts. His father was Police Sergeant in charge of Royston police station. He worked at Dacre Motor Car Company in Letchworth and later the Heatly Gresham Works. 1911 Census: living with parents and family at Norton Way, Letchworth, Herts and working as a Clerk. Parents later lived at The Briars, Briary Lane, Royston, Herts.