Son of Hyla Edwin and Annie Brian, of Holmbury, Berkhamsted, Herts. He was born in Egypt. He was educated at Berkhamsted school. He attended the Royal Military academy at Woolwich. He was gazetted to the 18th Battery on 20 December 1912. He served in England until June 1914 when he left to join the 59th Bty in India. He returned in the December.