He arrived in France on the 11th August 1914, just a week after the war broke out and served continuously on the Western Front for almost the entire period of the war. Just two weeks before the Armistice the Battalion were in positions near Montay. Here they were ordered to assault German positions located in the forest. Although the Battalion was successful in its attack, and 200 German prisoners were captured, their losses were high. Alfred is believed to have been killed by Machine Gun fire. His name is recorded on a special memorial in the Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, France. 129 of the burials in the cemetery are unidentified but there are special memorials to 15 casualties believed to be buried among them, one of these being Alfred Emery. His brother, Frederick, had been killed on the 19th April 1915 whilst serving in France with the Bedfordshire Regiment.