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Lionel was born in West Bromwich on 17 February 1882, the son of William and Elizabeth L. Aldridge. By 1901, they were living at 12 Sutton Street, Aston Manor, Warwickshire, by which date Lionel was an apprentice electrical engineer.

On 5 November 1903, he was admitted as a Graduate in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He married Ada Mary Bromley in Stoke on Trent in 1910. By 1911, the couple were living at 13 Balfour Crescent, Wolverhampton. Lionel was now an electrical engineer.

Perhaps because of his specialist skills, Lionel did not serve in the army during the First World War, but he was listed as a Special Constable for Wolverhampton Borough Council. He carried on working, as the chartered accountants Smith, Son & Wilkie did his accounts between 1923 and 1926. He died on 22 December 1926 at Coton Hill Mental Hospital, Stafford. By this date, his address was given as Old Gate, Codsall Road, Tettenhall. The value of his effects were £283 13s. 9d.