Alfred was born on 19 October 1889 in Harlaston, Staffordshire, the son of Joseph and Mary Ann Evans. By 1911, they were living at 106 Wednesfield Road, Wolverhampton, along with Alfred’s siblings Gertrude and Arthur Evans, and step-brother, William George Hodgkins. Alfred became a motor driver and fitter at the Sunbeam works.
He enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service (number F/1259) on 2 November 1914. His skills learnt at Sunbeam meant he became a Petty Officer Motor Mechanic, serving first on the Pembroke III. Unfortunately, he became ill and was sent to the 19th General Hospital in Alexandria. On 6 February 1916, he died from paratyphoid, appendicextomy and peritonitis. He is buried in the Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt. The Wolverhampton Chronicle carried news of his death on 8 March 1916.