Alfred was born in around 1893, the son of Alfred and Elizabeth Blakemore. In 1901 he was living at 40 Lord Street, Wolverhampton, with his parents and siblings Edith, Jennie, Annie, Jessie and Horace. They were at 25 Cherry Street, Wolverhampton, by 1911, and had an additional three children – Harold, Frank and Kate. Alfred had become a butcher.
On 21 November 1916, he enlisted in the 7th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (number 28663). He became a Lance Corporal, and served in France until he was discharged in February 1919. Unfortunately, he died in Bromsgrove later that year. It is unclear whether his death is due to his military service.