In 1908, he participated in the discus throw competition, in the Greek discus throw event, in the freestyle javelin throw competition, and in the standing high jump event but in all these competitions his final ranking is unknown.
Flaxman was killed in action during the First World War, serving as a second lieutenant with the South Staffordshire Regiment on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. His remains were not recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
- Flaxman, Alfred Edward, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Retrieved 28 September 2008
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