Born in 1884 in Walworth, London son of Arwid Lionel Beale and Eliza Collins and baptised on 10 Mar 1889 in Whitechapel. He was living in Whitechapel in 1891 and 1901. Later he lived in Highfields Cottage, Ware, Herts. He married Adelina Annie Kay in 1908 and they lived at The Mount, Great Amwell. He was a bank clerk working in London.