Albert was born in Windhill in February 1896 the son of Harold Preston Hipkin and his wife Annie. Harold had been born in Boston, Lincolnshire and in 1911 was a clerk at the labour exchange. The couple, who had been married 18 years, had four of their six children living.Albert was among those called up in first week of the war to 2nd WR Field Ambulance, RAMC, and sent to various units 'to maintain a supply of pure water for the troops, to render first aid and to supervise the general sanitary arrangements'On 9 November 1917, the Shipley Times & Express reported: ‘Sgt A P
Hipkin, York and Lancs Regt, died in France on October 30th in the presence of his parents, Mr and Mrs H P Hipkin of Leeds and formerly of Shipley.‘Sgt Hipkin went to the Continent with the West Riding Field Ambulance. When at the front he was transferred to the Yorks and Lancs.‘He has been out 2½ years, most of the time being spent in the front lines.‘His chaplain spoke of him as one of the most courageous of men and said he extended help and sympathy to all.
‘The Rev R Whincup, at Windhill, in his sermon on Sunday morning, spoke of Sgt Hipkin in the same strain. He had met the deceased both in the parish before the war and also at the front.‘The deceased’s officer writes: “I greatly mourn his loss, he had been my sergeant for very nearly a year and I had the highest opinion of him and his capability. “His conduct under fire had always been an example to all and he had particularly distinguished himself in a battle in which the battalion took part on October 9th, only a few days before he was wounded.
“Only today before I learned of his death at the Base Hospital, news had come to me that he had been awarded the Military Medal for which I had recommended him in view of his very gallant conduct on October 9th.“His loss has been learned with great sorrow by all officers and men of the battalion amongs whom he was highly thought of and respected.”‘Sgt Hipkin’s younger brother, Pte Howard Hipkin, is in Palestine with the London Yeomanry.’