Alfred Kent was born at Upton-on-Severn, one of six brothers. His father was a member of the Volunteer Force for 20 years. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters at Ilkeston, Derbyshire not long before the First World War.
On 1st September 1917 the Malvern News reported: “Alfred Kent of Cowleigh (Sherwood Foresters) has died in hospital of wounds received in action in France. His mother, a widow, who for the last 2½ years at least has had six sons serving their King and Country, one in the Royal Navy and five in the Regular Army; and in consequence has been the proud recipient of a letter of congratulation from HM the King. On several occasions one or other of her sons have been wounded, but till now their lives have been spared. Alfred was the only unmarried son.”
His brother Ernest was also killed during the Great War.
Malvern News 1/9/17