Alfred Arnold was the fifth oldest of David and Agnes’s ten children. At the time of the 1911 census he was 14 years old and employed as a farm labourer, perhaps on the same farm where his father was described as a horseman.
Alfred joined the 11th Suffolk’s in September 1914. He enlisted in Cambridge at the same time as Victor Harper and Sydney Williamson, who died on the same day as Walter. They were all under the official age of enlistment.
Alfred Arnold was promoted to the rank of lance corporal by the time of the Battle of the Somme. His older brother, Walter, was a corporal in the same battalion.
Alfred died in the attack on July 1st, along with his brother and friends. His body was not found and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.