Alfred Thomas Fowles was born in Wolverhampton on 2 December 1894, the son of Edward and Agnes Fowles. In 1901, they were living at 1ct Warwick Street, together with Alfred’s sister, Ellen, and brother, Frederick. Alfred attended St Paul’s School, in Merridale Street, and later the Council School at Graiseley Hill. He later worked for Gibbons’s of Church Lane.
In 1913 he joined the 15th Hussars (number 9681). While in the trenches, he was hit by a bomb from a trench mortar. Although the bomb did not explode, it caught Alfred between the shoulders. Despite the pain, he walked over a walked from the trenches to the dressing station. He died in hospital on 1 February 1916 from shock. Articles about this brave soldier appeared in the Express & Star on 25 February 1916 and in the Midland Counties Express on 6 January 1917. He is buried at the Chocques Military Cemetery in France.