1880 May 28. Born London (from Canadian enlistment). He certainly was not born with the name Richard Albert Attfield. The most likely option is William Richard Attfield born 1881 in Islington. His age on census of 10 months gels with 1881 census date of 3 Apr 1881 and 28 May 1880 birth. And is in the area of the 1901 census claim of Camden Town.
1891 census - not to be found
1901 census at : New Cross, Kingsbury Episcopi, West Lambrook, Somerset
1902 Mar 24 Enlisted as a Trooper 37016 in 2 Scottish Horse. The Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: Transvaal, South Africa 1902
1902 Aug 6. Discharged medically unfit.
1908 Oct 21. Arrives in New York from UK. He is a "farmer" intending to settle in USA.
1915 Jan 11. Enlists in Canadian Expeditionary Force. He is not married, has previously served in Scottish Horse. He gives his next of kin as an aunt, Mrs Doppin Happinstone in British Columbia
1915 Jul 24. The undermentioned to be Second Lieutenants (on probation). —Richard Albert Attfield, 3rd Battalion, Somersetshire Light Infantry.
1916 Mar 13. The undermentioned are seed, for duty with Machine Gun Corps: Som. L.I.—2nd Lt. (on prob.) R. A. Attfield. .
1916 Nov 14. Landed in Mesopotamia
1917 Jul 1. The undermentioned 2nd Lts. to be Lts.: — Som. L.I.- R. A. Attfield, and to remain seed.
1918 Nov 9. Lt. R. A. Attfield (Som. L.I., Spec. Res.) ceases to be empld. with the Machine Gun Corps.
1920 Mar 25. The undermentioned resign their commns. 3rd Som L I .—Lt. R. A. Attfield, and retains the rank of Lt.
1920 Oct 7. Joined ADRIC with service no 720 . Posted to G Coy
1921 Jan 17. Re-engaged for a further 6 months
1921 Jul 2. Moved to Depot as Platoon Commander
1921 Sep 22. Moved to RIC as a permanent cadet
Moved to Royal Ulster Special Constabulary
1939 Register. At Hornsey Central Hospital Park Road , Hornsey. A retired pensioned officer. Married
1962 Jul 11. Died Plymouth, Devon