Alfred resigned from his job on the railways on 11th June 1915, presumably to volunteer (conscription was not introduced until 1916) to fight in the war. The medal rolls show an A J Armitage who was initially a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery and later a Sapper in the Royal Engineers and received the 1915 Star, a campaign medal given to those who fought that year. Alfred rejoined the London & North Western railway company on 3rd May 1919. This became part of the London, Midland and Scottish (LMS) railway company that was formed in 1923.
Alfred John Armitage c 1955
His wife Ethel moved away from Sandbrook Road in the early seventies to sheltered housing in Dunstable, near her son Alfred. She died there in 1986 aged 96.