Born in 1878, Alfred Henry Brunker Barnard was the son of William Samuel and Mary Ann Barnard of Harrow, Middlesex.
His parents married 17 February 1868 at Harrow Parish Church. William died 1923 in the Hendon, Middx, district aged 86, and was buried 25 July in Roxeth Hill Cemetery, Harrow; Mary died 1924 in the Hendon district aged 83, and was buried 9 March, also in Roxeth Hill Cemetery.
Alfred married Mary in 1901 in the Winslow, Berks, district; they had one child Millicent Gladys (born 25/06/1904).
On the 1881 Census, aged 2 he lived in Harrow, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1891 Census, a scholar aged 12, he still lived in Harrow, with his mother and two siblings. On the 1901 Census, (of no occupation) aged 22 he still lived in Harrow, with his parents and two siblings.
By 1911 they were living at 93, Selwyn Avenue, Highams Park, Chingford, Essex where Alfred worked for the London County Council as an assistant in the Edmonton Branch and he lived in Chingford, Essex, with his wife, mother and one child.
By the time of Alfred’s enlistment, the family had moved to 38 Oxhey Avenue, Oxhey, Watford.