Alfred Fleming Cunningham was born in Belfast, Co Antrim, Ireland over the closing months of 1890.
He was the son of James Cunningham (b. 1854) and Elizabeth Brooks (b. 1860) who had married over the summer months of 1885 in Belfast. His father, whose exact origins are not clear, died aged 42 on 30 August 1896. His mother was a native of Derry and Alfred was raised in a Presbyterian household with five known siblings: James (b. 1886), Robert (b. 1887), Lily Margaretta (b. 1892), Thomas (b. 1895) and Martha (b. 1897).
Alfred appears on the 1901 census of Ireland living at 4 Spamount Street in the Dock Ward of Belfast City with his widowed mother and siblings. When the 1911 census was conducted Alfred and his family were resident in the same street, albeit now at number 96 and he was described as an unmarried apprentice ship's fitter.
Alfred was one of the nine-strong "guarantee group" of Harland and Wolff employees chosen to oversee the smooth running of the Titanic's maiden voyage. He, like the rest of his counterparts, died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His brother Robert later lost his life whilst serving in the Merchant Service aboard SS Castlebar which was sunk on 13 March 1918.
His mother lived at Spamount Street for the rest of her life and she died on 29 November 1922. She is buried with her husband in City Cemetery, Belfast.