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The brother of Thomas Eccleston and the son of Alfred and Ann Eccleston, Alfred was born in Willenhall on 16 March 1895. In 1901, the family were at 7 Forge Row, Willenhall, and the household consisted of Thomas and Alfred, their parents, sister Eliza, and a boarder, Leonard Constable. His father died in 1902, so by 1911 he was living just with his mother, siblings, and a visitor, Maria Fox, at 50 Monmore Lane, Willenhall. By this date, Alfred is a labourer for a stove maker.

According to a comment left on the blog posting for Thomas, Alfred served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, enlisting in 1915 with the service number 118762, but I have not been able to find any confirmation of this, despite trying various spellings of his name. However, as he had infantile paralysis or atrophy in his right arm, he was transferred to the 49th training reserves. Due to his disability getting worse he was medically discharged on 29 November 1918. By 1939, he was living with his widowed mother and his trade was given as a foundry worker. He died in Wednesbury in 1949.