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Albert Edward Mortlock French was born on June 22, 1899 in New Bradwell, Buckinghamshire, now part of the new City of Milton Keynes.

He then lived at 60 Young Street Wolverton with his father, sister Mabel (May) and brothers George and Will. Aunt Jane Gates took over as their housekeeper after Albert's mother died.

Young Street, Wolverton
In his spare time Albert was a keen member of the Wolverton Church Lads' Brigade.
Albert in his
Lads' Brigade uniform
Wolverton Church Lads' Brigade