Alfred came from a large family. The 1901 Census records that the family was then living in Cheadle Hulme. His father, Samuel, was then aged 42 and working as a domestic gardener. His mother, Sarah, was 38. At 14, Alfred was working in a leather shop.
The Census also records his brothers and sisters - Ernest (16, a leather cutter), Emma (13, bobbin winder in a cotton mill), Elizabeth (11), Edward (9), Harry (6), Leonard (4), Walter (2), Amy and Mabel (both 2 months).
In October 1914, Alfred left his job at the Squirrel Confectionery Works, in Heaviley, and enlisted in the army. He went overseas in July 1915 and was killed in an attack described here.
Two months later, the family would receive further bad news when Edward died after being wounded whilst serving with the Cheshire's First Battalion. Two other brothers (presumably Ernest and Harry) also served in the army - one with the Cheshire Regiment, the other with the Welsh Regiment - and are believed to have survived the war.
After the war, Mr & Mrs Goodall were living at 29 Adelaide Road, Edgeley.