Son of George and Louise Walton of George Street, Barnard Castle. Alfred had two younger sisters, Misses G and M Walton.
At the age of 24, Alfred married Lilian Wright of Thompson's Cottage, Baliol Street, Barnard Castle. She was living at 3 Hall Street when he died. Lilian lived until 1936. She is buried in Barnard Castle Cemetery.
Alfred had two sons, Alfred and Trevor. Lilian was pregnant with Trevor at the time of Alfred's death.
A member of Barnard Castle Band.
At the start of the War, Alfred was in a reserved occupation. In May 1917, he was called up to join the 3rd Durham Light Infantry. In September, he joined the BEF in France. At some point during the War, he transferred to the 1/7th Battalion King's (Liverpool) Regiment but it is not clear why. Lilian speculated that it might have been on account of his shooting skills.
Alfred was killed in action at Festubert near Givenchy on 9 April 1918. Wilfred was reported missing on this date. An account from the men who were alongside Alfred said "Between Festubert and Givenchy our platoon was holding an advanced trench. After a tremendous bombardment the Germans came over at 9.15 am and only a few of us got away." By July 1918, Alfred was presumed dead and his official date of death is recorded as the date he was reported missing.