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.