Alfred Harrod was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, on 16 November 1891, the son of Joseph and Sophia Harrod. The family home was at 23 Nile Street, St James Road, Liverpool.
He was employed as one of three junior assistant pursers in the Deck Department on board the
Lusitania, having previously served on the SS Ascania. His monthly rate of pay was set at £6-0s-0d when he signed on at Liverpool for the
Lusitania's final voyage on 14 April 1915.
When the ship was sunk, he and both the other two junior assistant pursers (GW Beesley and LH Sloane) were killed, along with the purser JA McCubbin and one of the assistant pursers, AH Burden. Only the other assistant purser, WH Harkness, survived from the Pursers' Section. Alfred Harrod was aged 24 years when he was killed.
His body was never found and identified afterwards, so he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 334.