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Alfred was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of William and Sarah Ann Pritchard. In 1891, they were living at 34 Wharf Street, Wolverhampton, with Alfred’s sister Phoebe and brother Benjamin. They are at 91 Alma Street in 1901 (although Sarah does not appear to be in that household), along with additional siblings William, Joseph and Ida. By 1911, Alfred has become a labourer in an iron foundry and is boarding in the home of William C. Brown at 2 Wyrley Street, Wolverhampton.

Alfred enlisted at Birmingham in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (number 4891). He was killed in action on 3 September 1916. He was initially reported as missing before it was confirmed in the Express & Star on 12 January 1917 that he had been killed (albeit with his name incorrectly listed as “Pritchards“). He is commemorated on the memorial at Thiepval.