Alfred Henry Self was born on 31 July 1872 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. He was the son of Alfred Self (1842-1890) and Maria Whyman (b. 1853), who had married in Southampton in mid-1870; his father was from Hampshire and his mother from Lynn, Norfolk.
The year before Alfred's birth his mother was living alone (her husband probably at sea) at 62 Chapel Road, Southampton. On the 1881 census Alfred, his mother, brother William (b. 1877) and sister Alice Maria (b. 1882) are living at Carlton Place, Southampton. Alfred's father died in 1890 aged 48 and on the 1891 census Alfred and his family are living at 54 Kent Road, Freemantle, Southampton and Alfred is described as a general labourer.
Alfred was married in 1894 in Southampton to Caroline Frances Callaway (b. 1874 in Southampton). On the 1901 census he and his wife were living at 51 Canal (?) Avenue, Shirley and Alfred was described as a steamship stoker. On the 1911 census Alfred is absent but his wife and father-in-law James Callaway are living at 75 Hillside Terrace, Romsey Road, Shirley, Southampton. The census indicated that Alfred and his wife were childless.
When he signed on to the Titanic in Southampton he gave his address as 75 Romsey Road1, Shirley, Southampton and his last ship as the Oceanic. As a greaser he could expect to earn monthly wages of £6 10s.
Alfred Self died in the Titanic disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His widow Caroline appears not to have remarried and died in Hampshire in 1954.