Albert Birch was born in Bushey, Herts in 1893 son of George Birch a Plumber and Eliza Birch (nee Mole). He was one of ten children.
1901 Census records Albert aged 8, living with his parents, brother William 11, sisters Alice 10, Edith 6, Florence 4 and Ethel 2, at 20 Villers Road, Bushey, Herts.
In December 1910 Albert enlisted in the Hussars of the Line, for 7 years in the Colours and 5 years in the Reserve, and given the Service No. 6591. Albert was Discharged in January 1912.