Allan Chaplin was born 12 June 1903 at Newtown Road, Bedworth. He died in 1997 in a nursing home in Gloucestershire, surviving my mother by only a few days.
He attended Old Church Infants school in Bell Green, followed by Byron Street
(private School off Stony Stanton Road) in Bell Green.
On leaving school he worked for Johnson and Mason, Bottlers and Brewers and then, for a short time as a farm hand for Tommy Beatty at Wyken, Coventry, followed by Tommy Allcotes farm at Claybrooke, in Leicestershire. He returned to Bell Green to work in his father's sandpit and behind the bar at the Bell in the evening. When his father gave up the Bell, Allan worked behind the bar in the Hollbrooks area of Coventry . After a short time as a carpenters hand at W H Jones, builders, Coventry, Allan joined British Rail where he was to work until retirement. After retiring he returned to live in Coventry and bought a house in Thomas Lane Street, Bell Green. However he was soon off again and moved to Swanmore and finally Gosport in Hants.
After his marriage to Annie Caroline Fisher, on 16 January 1928, he lived first at Bell Cottage, Bell Green, described as No 2 Bell Stiles in 1931 Register of Electors, and then moved to 22 Cromwell Street, Coventry. It was at Bell Cottage that their only child was born on 22 February 1929.