According to his attestation papers dated July 14, 1915 at Toronto, Albert Beggs was born on November 20, 1896 in Croyden, England. He listed his brother George H. Beggs of Declare, Manitoba has his next of kin. He was unmarried, a market gardener and a member of the 9th M.H. (Mississauga Horse). He was 18 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 10 1/4 inches tall. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. He was a member of the Church of England.
In the 1911 census he is boarding with the Kent family on Salisbury Avenue, Humber Bay. He is listed as a gardener. He emigrated to Canada from England in 1909.