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Alfred was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of Phoebe and Thomas Flowers. By 1901, Alfred was living with his brother, Ernest, and siblings Phoebe and Isaac, at 2 Graiseley Passage, Wolverhampton. By 1911, Alfred was serving with the South Staffordshire Regiment, based at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield. In 1916, he married Elsie M. Rutter in Wolverhampton.

Alfred served with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 8152), attaining the rank of Company Sergeant Major. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (announced in the London Gazette on 18 July 1917) and Meritorious Service Medal (announced on 14 November 1916), but was killed in action on 30 September 1917. The citation for his DCM was :

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion. He continually moved about while an advanced position was being consolidated, in total disregard of heavy and accurate sniping at close range, and owing to casualties finally assumed command, and maintained his position for three days.

He is buried at the Huts Cemetery in Belgium.