Alfred was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of Richard George and Ellen Dickens. In 1901 they were living at 71 Paul Street, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, along with Alfred’s siblings William, Mary Ann, Harriet, Richard George and Rose. His father died in 1910, so by 1911 Alfred was living with his widowed mother at 19 Paul Street, Heath Town, with his brother, George. Alfred was working as a safe maker’s assistant.
Alfred enlisted in the 7th Service Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3956, later 241079). He first served in France from 19 August 1915. He was killed in action in France on 3 October 1918. He is remembered at the Vis-En-Artois Memorial in France, and on the Heath Park memorial.