The son of William Henry and Mary Ann Cheeseman, Alfred was born in Wolverhampton in 1897, and was christened in Wednesfield on 10 March the same year.In 1901, they were living at 21 Bank Street, Heath Town, together with his brother Isaac and sister Hilda. Alfred is listed here as “Arthur”. Alfred attended St Faith’s School in Park Village. Later he worked at the Heath Town pump manufacturers J. Evans and Sons, as well as being a member of the Heath Town Church Choir.
He enlisted with the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 1997), and became a member of the machine gun section. He served in France and first entered the Theatre of War on 5 March 1915. On 24 November 1915, he died of wounds. He is now buried at the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery in Souchez, France. His death was mentioned in the Wolverhampton Chronicle on 5 January 1916. He is commemorated on the Heath Park war memorial.