Alfred John Oliver was born 1891 at Islington and enlisted in the Hampshire Regiment at Canterbury on 10th September, 1908 by putting on his age by one year. The 1st Btn Hampshire Regiment was stationed at Colchester and in August of that year moved to Harrow, Middlesex and then on 22ng August, 1914 sailed from Southampton on the Braemar Castle for France (WW1). Alfred was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’ and was severely wounded.
He was repatriated back to England. He met Harriet Lake who was a nurse with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANYS) and in 1919 they were married. The Regiment was then stationed at Gosport in Hampshire. The regiment then sailed for Constantinople on 30th March 1920, then moved on in 1921 to Cyprus and in 1922 to Egypt.
RSM Alfred J Oliver went out to India with the regiment on 9th March 1929. He returned to England in November, 1934.
In 1936 A J Oliver was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services in India.