Albert Edward Drinkwater (1883-1957) was born at Offenham, the youngest of ten children of William and Ann Drinkwater. Albert was living at Offenham Cross in 1901, working as a market gardener. By 1911 he was married to Maud and had two young children and living in Bewdley Street, Evesham, working as a market gardener’s labourer.
Albert and family moved to Pitchers Hill, Wickhamford, in February 1914 when his eldest daughter, Doris enrolled at Badsey Council School. The school records reveal that they left the village in July 1915.
Albert was thus living at Wickhamford when he joined up. A E Drinkwater’s name appeared in The Evesham Journal of 3rd October 1914 as having enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment. A Private Albert E Drinkwater of the Worcestershire Regiment (No 15927) and Royal Fusiliers (No GS/96340) received the British War and Victory medals. He appears on the Absent Voters' List of 1918 as living in the parish of Evesham St Lawrence.