Enlisted on 25 Jan 1915 in London entered France on 30 Aug 1915. In November 1916, he was badly gassed and was invalided back to England on 28 Jan 1917, going to Exeter Hospital. Later he was transferred to Brompton Hospital. He was discharged as physically unfit on 21 Mar 1917. As was his wish, he was taken back home to Much Hadham on May 15th where he died two days later, apparently in a hut near the Dell Hole at Moor Place. He was buried with full military honours in the Much Hadham Parish Churchyard.