Alfred was born on May 9, 1881, in Wrexham, Denbigh, Wales. His parents were George and Sarah Beckett.
Alfred first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1907; he was working at 613 West Hastings Street as a clerk for Edward Chapman, an importer of men’s furnishings, hats, gloves and valises.
In 1910, he published a notice in the Cariboo Observer, published in Quesnel, British Columbia. The notice stated: “Alfred Beckett, of Vancouver, clerk, intends to apply for permission to purchase the following described lands: commencing at a post planted two miles south and four miles east of the S.W. corner post of J.E. Rose’s pre-emption No. 135 on Horsefly Road, thence south 80 chains; thence west 80 chains, thence north 80 chains; thence east 80 chains to place of commencement, containing 640 acres.” No further information appears in relation to Alfred’s connection to this property.
Alfred was married to Agnes (surname unknown).
During the First World War, enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and served with the 15th Field Ambulance. Two of his brothers also served in the military during the war.
Alfred belonged to United Service Lodge No. 24; the Perfection Chapter of Vancouver Lodge, No. 8; and the Rose Croix.
In the late 1930s (possibly after the death of Edward Chapman in December 1938) Alfred became either president or a director of Edward Chapman Ltd.
Alfred died in Vancouver on January 31, 1945. He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.
At the time of Alfred’s death, Agnes was living in Stockton Heath, Warrington, Cheshire, England.
Alfred Beckett had a son named Ronald Beckett. Ronald served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
“Wales, Denbighshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KCRS-VBY : accessed 03 May 2014), George Beckitt, 03 Dec 1876, Banns; citing “Parish Records Collection 1538-2005,” Brightsolid; Brymbo, Denbighshire, Wales, p. 31.
“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQWV-SCD : accessed 03 May 2014), George Beckett, Wrexham Regis, Denbighshire, Wales; citing “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 11/, p. , The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm .
Edward Chapman Ladies’ Shop Limited v. Edward Chapman Limited et al., 2006 BCSC 14, http://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcsc/doc/2006/2006bcsc14/2006bcsc14.html
Edward Chapman Ladies’ Shop Limited v. Edward Chapman Limited, 2007 BCCA 370, http://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcca/doc/2007/2007bcca370/2007bcca370.html
Cariboo Observer, Quesnel, British Columbia, September 3, 1910, no page number; first printed page, column 5, http://www.quesnelmuseum.ca/CaribooObserverDocs/1910/19100903_Cariboo%20Observer1.pdf: “Alfred Beckett, of Vancouver, clerk, intends to apply for permission to purchase the following described lands: commencing at a post planted two miles south and four miles east of the S.W. corner post of J.E. Rose’s pre-emption No. 135 on Horsefly Road, thence south 80 chains; thence west 80 chains, thence north 80 chains; thence east 80 chains to place of commencement, containing 640 acres.” No further information appears in relation to Alfred’s connection to this property.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL22-G9K : accessed 03 May 2014), Edward Chapman, 13 Dec 1938; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13164, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1953197.
“Alfred Beckett Rites Today,” Vancouver Province, February 2, 1945, page 3: “Last rites for Alfred Beckett, 63, or 2037 Pendrell, and director of Chapman’s Men’s Furnishings Ltd., were held today in Center & Hanna’s Chapel, with the Rev. J. Herdman officiating. Interment was in the soldiers’ plot, Mountain View Cemetery. Mr. Beckett was known in the clothing business throughout Canada. He had been a commercial traveller, representing English clothing firms. He was born in Wrexham, North Wales, and came to Vancouver 40 years ago. During the last was, Mr. Beckett served with the 15th Field Ambulance overseas. He was a member of the United Service Lodge No. 24, the Perfection Chapter of the Vancouver Lodge No. 8 and the Rose Croix. Surviving are his wife, in England, and one son, on active service with the R.A.F.”
“Alfred Beckett, 63, Clothier, Dies,” Vancouver Sun, February 2, 1945, page 4: “Alfred Beckett, 63, of 2037 Pendrell, president of Edward Chapman Men’s Clothing Ltd. for the past six years, died Wednesday. A resident of Vancouver for 40 years, he was known from coast to coast as a representative of several English clothing firms. Born in North Wales, Mr. Beckett belonged to the United Service Lodge, No. 24. He leaves his wife, Stockton Heath, Warrington, England; one son, Ronald, RAF. Funeral services were conducted today in Center & Hanna’s funeral chapel, with Rev. J.W. Robinson officiating. Interment was at the Soldiers’ plot, Mountain View Cemetery.”
Alfred Beckett, death notice, Vancouver Sun, February 1, 1945, page 15; Vancouver Province, February 1, 1945, page 13.