Alfred was born in Ettingshall, near Bilston, on 10 August 1899. He was the son of William and Clara Fellows, and in 1901 they were living at 135 Rough Hills, Bilston, together with Alfred’s siblings Clara, Mary, William and James. By 1911 the family were at 11 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, and Alfred had a further four siblings – John Thomas, Ellen, Isaac and David.
On 9 December 1914, at the age of just 15, he enlisted in the 4th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 16395). On enlistment, his trade was given as “Bobber”. He was discharged on 14 July 1915, for “having made a mis-statement as to age on enlistment”. He had served with the South Staffordshire Regiment for just 218 days. At some point (presumably when he reached 18), he reenlisted, this time in the Yorkshire Regiment (number 48170). However, he was listed as a deserter on 14 April 1919. He escaped being court martialled and eventually received a Protecting Certificate, stating that he was no longer liable to arrest of suspicion of being a Deserter, on 26 June 1923.
Alfred married Emmie Hughes in Wolverhampton in 1920, and they had five children – May, Amy, William E., Frederick J. and Alfred – between 1922 and 1930. Alfred died in Wolverhampton in 1966.