On 2 June 1915 he attested to serve in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. His details were witnessed on 6 July at Barriefield, Ontario. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia on 23 May 1916 for England on SS Grampian via Bermuda which they reached on 29 May, arriving at Plymouth on 9 June 1916. After a rough Channel crossing, they arrived at Le Havre on 13 August. Ted was admitted to 42 Casualty Clearing Station on 1 September 1916 suffering from gunshot wounds to his back, left leg and abdomen. He died from his wounds that day.