Albert Ernest Pickthorn

Name

Albert Ernest Pickthorn

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

03/11/1916
29

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lance Corporal
365
Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
28th Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL
France

UK Memorials

Northchurch Village Memorial
St Mary’s Church Window, Northchurch
Not on the Tring memorials

Pre War

Son of Thomas and Sarah Miriam Pickthorn, of Fenley Cottage, Wigginton, Tring. Born at Cow Roast Lock, Tring, England. Albert’s Australian Imperial Force service records that he enlisted on 4th March 1915 into ‘B’ Company when he was 26 years and 9 months old. He was 5’ 9”, 125lbs, thin with only a 33 ½” chest. Fair complexion, with grey eyes and fair hair.

Wartime Service

He embarked with his Battalion on the H.M.T. Ivernia on 4th Sept 1915 heading for Gallipoli from Alexandria. He landed in Mudros 10th Jan 1916. He was admitted to hospital at the ferry post 24th Feb and then admitted to the 7th Field Ambulance in Ismalia with Sciatica, then discharged for duty on the 5th Match and re-joining his Battalion on the same day. They left Alexandria in the 16th landing in Marseilles on the 21st. By the 23rd May he was back in hospital with an infection of the middle ear. He was transferred to Base 7th June and then again to hospital with the same complaint, this time in Moussont. He seems to have left on the 2nd July before travelling to Etaples, arriving in the 5th. Albert returned to duty on the 31st July 1916 and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 13th August. He was reported as missing in action between 3rd and 6th Nov, before being officially recorded as killed 26th July 1917.

Additional Information

Albert’s effects: a photo, identity disc, clasp knife on chain, whistle, belt. Tooth brush-shield, handkerchief and letters were returned to his father at Cow Roast Lock, Tring in April 1917. He was also sent a pamphlet entitled “Where the Australians Rest” and then much later, in Sept 1922, Albert’s memorial plaque (the death penny) was received.

Acknowledgments

Jonty Wild, www.dacorumheritage.org.uk, first-world-war-database National Archives of Australia