Born on 6 Jun 1865 in Dhaka, Bengal, India (now Bangladesh). Educated at Haileybury College 1878-82. He married Ethel Emma Gordon, of Crescent Lodge, Queen's Crescent, Southsea, Portsmouth in 1893. Gazetted Lieutenant on 9 May 1885 to the Connaught Rangers, Captain on 21 Dec 1892 and Major 21 Dec 1904. Served on the Ruby Mines Expedition, Upper Burma and in South Africa in 1900.