Joined the Hertfordshire Regiment in 1915 as Private 4902 but was transferred to Bedfordshire Regt, No 266168 and went to France in July that year. Unit involved in Somme campaign at Battle of Ancre and Ancre Heights. Battalion moved to Ypres salient in November 1916. On 31st July 1917 battalion attacked German positions at Langemarck part of the battle for Pilckem Ridge, but were caught in heavy machine gun and artillery fire when they reached German wire. 464 casualties from 6oo, Albert being one of them.