Alfred enlisted on 8 Jul 1941 and was posted to 2/13th Army Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA) on 23 Aug 1941. The 2/13th Army Field Regiment was re-designated 2/1st Medium Regiment and Alfred returned to Australia aboard "WEST POINT" on 31 Mar 1942 and was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 25 Feb 1943.
He was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 25 Feb 1943 and joined the 2/2nd on 15 May 1943. He embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Trooper in No 4 Sect, “B” Troop aboard “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944. After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in No 4 Sect, “B” Troop. Whilst on New Britain he attended Course No 5, Flame Thrower School from 5 Jul to 9 Jul 1945 and was appointed Paid Lance Corporal 29 Aug 1945.
He returned to Australia on 4 Feb 1946 and was discharged on 27 Feb 1946.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp