Alfred followed his father and two uncles as a student at Guy's Hospital - entering in the year 1901, he qualified L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S. in 1912. During his time at Guy’s Hospital he was dresser for Sir Arbuthnot Lane and Mr. Dimn, and was also a pianist and composer of music - composing the music for the Guy's theatricals for three years in succession, he brought out a quintet for strings and a fugue, which were performed in a west-end concert hall, and he was assistant organist at Christ Church, Chelsea. After he qualified he became Assistant Medical Officer at the Sick Asylum, Bromley-by-Bow, where he stayed for about one year, and then, having married, settled in the family practice at llfracombe, where he was one of the medical officers of the Tyrrell Cottage Hospital. In January 1917 he joined the R.A.M.C., and was immediately sent to France, where he served with the 107th Field Ambulance. Alfred was killed whilst on temporary duty with the 4th Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment, while reposing in a cellar which served as the regimental aid post of his battalion. His superior officer wrote that he was a fine officer, whose work had saved many lives. Alfred was the only son of Dr John T Gardner, a practitioner of that town, and Mrs Gardner of Ilfracombe, Devon; and the husband of E Muriel Gardner of St. Olafs, Ilfracombe.