Alfred Patchett Chippendale was born in Bradford in 1886. His father John was a wholesale poultry dealer but he had died before Alfred was 4. His mother Rachel Maria found work as a housekeeper in Sandal Magna, near Wakefield, and Alfred lived in with her at the house of her elderly employer, Jason Lodge.
At age 14 Jason was working as a railway clerk at the Great Northern station, later moving with his mother back to Bradford, where he met and married Emily Jeakins when he was 25.
Alfred moved to Doncaster and enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers as a private in October 1916. The Doncaster Gazette reported that he lived at “2 Main Avenue, New Edlington where he carried on a business as a hardware dealer. Previously he had resided in St John’s Road, Balby, and retained a branch of the business there but spent most of his time in travelling with his wares in the mining villages at Woodlands, Rossington and Bentley”
He died of wounds, aged 31, in Flanders in September 1917 and was buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.