Thank you for the message. Its just possible I may have a lead for you. In 1991 I was contacted by someone who sent me a family tree of his immediate Swabey ancestors, on his mother's side. Coincidentally (perhaps) he came from Essex. In amongst them there are two Alfred Swabeys : one, Alfred James born in 1862 (no other information recorded) and the other Alfred James, in the next generation, born in 1908, and marrying an Olive West. (Again, no death date known).
Both Alfreds were one of many children. The first's father was called Thomas, married Ellen Collins and died in 1904, making Alfred 42. The second's father I can't make out from the tree at all, but whoever it was produced their children between 1900 and 1914. However, if this Alfred was orphaned (by the war ?) he would have been 6 - a very much more vulnerable age. Even here I have my doubts, because in his letter the person told me that his mother's uncle Alfred was still alive (1991) although he doesn't say anything more about him.
If you email me direct I can give you the contact and you can ask him direct.
Otherwise I cannot so far find any other Alfreds - if I do I'll let you know.