Alfred Edward Cottingham was the youngest child of William and Esther Cottingham of South Common Chailey. He was born at Chailey in 1894, his birth recorded at Lewes in the December quarter of that year.
Alfred's medal index card gives two numbers: 9835 for the Coldstream Guards and 862 for The Army Cyclist Corps.
It also notes that he arrived overseas on 13th August 1914. In fact, Alfred had joined the Coldstream Guards in November 1912 and so would have had nearly two years' experience under his belt by the time he arrived in France with the BEF; one of the Old Contemptibles.
Medal index card courtesy of Ancestry.