According to his attestation papers dated August 19, 1915 at Toronto, Bethel Haslam was born on April 4, 1890 in Bolton, Lancashire, England. He listed his wife, Elizabeth Haslam, 3 Queen Street, Humber Bay as his next of kin. He was a labourer and had 5 years previous military experience with the 5th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire. He was 25 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches in height. He had blue eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion. He was a member of the Church of England.
In the 1921 Toronto city directory he is listed as a labourer living on the west side of Oliver Street, Humber Bay.