Born in 1878 in Islington, London, son of Wheatley-born Thomas Funge, at that time plate-layer with the Great Northern Railway, and Elizabeth ‘Betsey' Shorter born in Littleworth. In 1881 the family were living at 25 Frederick Street, Islington. By 1891 they were back at The Croft, Littleworth, Shotover Hill Place, with Thomas a general agricultural labourer. In 1901 they were on High Street, Wheatley, son Alfred being a cattle man on farm. The 1911 Census listed father Thomas, by this time a widower and cowman at Rose's farm in Horspath; and Alfred, now a lime burner, married to Louisa Lucy nee Lively from Shabbington and living with three baby daughters in Littleworth. He was attested on 10 December 1915 and mobilised initially on 14 June 1916 with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry , Regimental No. 24115; subsequently No. 3766. He was then transferred to 154 Labour Corps, Devonshire Regiment on 24 July 1916, with No. 92070. He was discharged on 25 January 1919 as a quarry man with an advance of £2. Awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal on 13 October 1921. He had a clean discipline sheet. In the 1921 Register of Electors Thomas Funge was living at The Breach and Alfred and Louisa were at The Croft, Wheatley.
Prior to the war he was living in Littleworth, probably at what is today No. 16.