Alfred enlisted in Whitehall, London on 15 November 1915 at the age of 26. Posted to the Royal Engineers Railway Troops, Inland Water Transport Section at Longmore Camp, as a Sapper with the service number formerly 138128 and then WR/501652, he reached the rank of Sergent Major.
He was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's dispatch on 7th November 1917.
He died on 24 February 1919, aged 29 of Pneumonia which he contracted whilst travelling back from France, due to the cold weather and living under canvas while waiting to be shipped back to the UK.
He was buried in Bushey churchyard, where he is commemorated on a Commonwealth Grave Commission gravestone. His wife, Lilian Edith Bell, later moved to 13 Park Road, Bushey.
He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), a silver medal given for distinguished service or for gallantry, principally to non-commissioned officers.