Enlisted at Hertford in May 1915 and became Lance Corporal in June 1917. In January 1917, he was fined 2 days' pay for losing, by neglect, his spoon, comb and shaving brush. In August 1917, he was wounded and on the 11th of September he was granted 10 days furlough, and returned home to Bush Wood Cott in Much Hadham. At the end of March 1918, the K.R.R.C. were fighting a rear-guard action and suffered over 200 casualties. It was during this time that Alfred was reported missing. He had been captured and taken to Stendal prisoner of war camp. It was at the Stendal camp hospital that he died of pneumonia in July 1918. He was first buried in Colmar Communal Cemetery, which was in the Alsace, then under German jurisdiction and was buried in Colmar but subsequently reburied in Wimille, France on the 26th July 1963.