He enlisted in Welwyn on 27 November 1915 and was originally in the 8th Cyclist Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, and approved when he was mobilised on 12 May 1916 in Brighton. He gave his address as Winterton, High Welwyn, but this was crossed out and changed to 44 Pollard Road, Oakleigh Park, Whetstone, Herts.
He transferred to the East Kent Regiment on 6 October 1916. On 27 June 1917 he was promoted to unpaid Lance Corporal, then paid Lance Corporal from 5 July 1917. The Battalion was in the 16th Brigade, 6th Division, IV Corps of the 3rd Army and his death occurred at the time of the great German Spring Offensive that commenced on the 21st March 1918. The Buffs were roughly south-south-east of Arras to the west of Moevres and were hard hit in the opening phase of the offensive as were many other Battalions.
He died from gunshot wounds to the head and arm at No. 10 casualty clearing station. He was buried, along with the 43 others who died that day, in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium.