As he was in Africa when war broke out he joined the Kings African Rifles as a Scout. Took part in a number of missions between August and November 1914. In July 1915 returned to England, commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in 5th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment. Appointed as aide to Major General Sir Stuart Hare, spent 9 months on staff, then applied for transfer to Royal Flying Corps. Posted to flying school in Abbassia, Egypt in March 1917 for course in flying theory. Then posted to Ismalia for flying training, returned to England in May 1917 and after training in aerial gunnery, he qualified as a pilot. Was posted to number 1 Squadron at Bailleul in France. Reported missing on July 28th1917, after he was last seen chasing 4 German aircraft, having already shot down another.