Born in West Bromwich in November 1892 (registered in West Bromwich district), Alfred Edgar Docker was the son of Frederick Ernest Macdonald and Martha (née Pike) Docker. Frederick Docker was a Congregational Minister and they were married in 1874 in the Birmingham registration district. In the 1891 Census, they were living in West Bromwich.
Frederick and Martha had ten children, nine of whom survived, and in the 1901 Census the family was living at 83, Montpelier Road, Camberwell. Frederick and Martha are shown as 48 and 50 years respectively, and the children listed as Frederick (Jnr.) aged 26, Ada aged 25, Edwin aged 23, George aged 20, Alice aged 18, Elizabeth aged 16, Charles aged 13, Mable aged 11 and Alfred E aged 8.
Alfred attended Peckham Council School, London, before going to Hendon Council School, Middlesex and finally at Trowbridge Boys’ High School, Wiltshire. He was an undergraduate at London University.
Albert’s brother Frederick (Jnr.) had married (registered Hampstead district) a Helen Fitz Gerald in 1910 and at the time of the 1911 Census Albert was living with them at 60, Hillfield Road, West Hampstead. He was employed as a bank clerk.
Martha and Frederick (Snr.) died on 25 Feb 1918 and 17 Oct 1918 respectively and, at the time, were living at The Manse, Leigh Road, Westbury, Wiltshire.