Alfred was born in the October of 1911 to Alfred (d.1925) and Ellen (nee Hoskin) Hicks at Launceston. His father was the chauffer to Launceston auctioneer, Horace Kittow. Alfred was a business manager employed by coal merchants T. Symons & Co. He enlisted with the R.A.F. in 1940 as a Flight Engineer (service no. 924379) serving with 83 Pathfinder Squadron, based at R.A.F. Wyton, Huntingdonshire. In January, 1944 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. The official citation read: “Flt Sgt has operated over many of the major targets in enemy territory. On all occasions Flt Sgt Hicks has displayed coolness and courage, which have earned high praise from his Captain. His technical skill is exceptional, and has frequently proved a valuable aid when his aircraft has been heavily engaged by the ground defences.”
Alfred went on after the war to live in Warwickshire where he died in 1976.