Alfred was born in Wolverhampton on 25 April 1874. He married Nellie Beatrice Hollins at St George’s Church, Wolverhampton, on 4 June 1905, and they had two daughters, Ada Beatrice and May. In 1911 they were living at 106 Dunstall Road, and Alfred was a Carman in the Goods Department of the Great Western Railway.
In September 1893, Alfred enlisted with the Gloucestershire Regiment (number 4090), and served in Malta, Egypt, South Africa and Ceylon, until 1909. When war broke out in September 1914, he re-enlisted with the Gloucestershire Regiment (service number 2956). He was promoted to Sergeant not long after, then Company Sergeant-Major. On 26 September 1916, the Express & Star announced that he had been awarded the Military Cross:
For conspicuous gallantry in action. When his officers became casualties he took command of the first line, rallying and urging the men forward under heavy machine gun fire. He had on another occasion shown great bravery.
This was announced in the London Gazette on 22 September 1916. He served until December 1919. He died in Wolverhampton in 1951.