Alfred's father, William Zugg, originated from London but probably met Ellen Harding, from Droylsden, while they were both working in the local hat-making industry. They married locally between January and March 1887 and appear to have quickly moved to the Southwark area of London, where Alfred and his sisters, Ellen and Marion, were born. The family moved back north, to the Denton area, during the mid-1890s and, by the time of the 1901 Census, William (5) and James (3) had been born. Little is known of Alfred's private life other than it is known that he enlisted into the army at Stockport. His service number indicates this was in August or September 1914. He was killed during a tour of duty in the trenches. However, an article in the Alderley & Wilmslow Advertiser dated 1st February 1918 does give some detail.
Private A Zugg, of Stockport (Killed)
Private Alfred Zugg, of the Cheshire Regiment was killed in action on October 26th, 1917. He was 26 years of age, and was the son of Mrs. Zugg, of 20 peter Street, Portwood, Stockport, and nephew of Mrs Harding, of 46 Victoria Terrace, Higher Bents Lane, Stockport.
He enlisted in September 1914 and went to France in November 1914. A few days before his death – between the 3rd and 11th October – he received a letter from the Major General commanding his division stating: “ I have read with great pleasure the report of your commanding officer and brigade commander regarding your gallant conduct and devotion to duty.”
The Adjutant of the battalion writing to his mother states: “Please allow me to sincerely sympathise with you in your great loss, as I personally knew your son. Although condolences in such cases are very inadequate, perhaps the certificate will remind you that your son’s great sacrifice was not altogether unappreciated.”
When the War Graves Commission was collating its casualty information in the early1920s, Ellen and William Zugg were living at 19 Bredbury Green, Romiley.