He served on the King Edward VII. During the early phase of World War I, the 3rd Battle Squadron was attached to the Grand Fleet and served on the Northern Patrol. In January 1916 she struck a mine while in transit to a scheduled refit at Belfast and sank. All but one of her crew were evacuated. In May 1916 he took part in the Jutland Bank Battle, serving on HMS Hibiscus, and had been doing heroic work of a special and hazardous nature. On the 8th he returned home for 14 days leave. A few days later. on the 13th, he was obliged to take to his bed and was seized with 'double pneumonia, which ended fatally on Monday morning. It is customary for sailors coming into port after a long voyage to sing a joyous song called Yo-Ho. This brave, fearless sailor sang, just as his life was ebbing out "Yo-Ho" in a clear, bright, happy voice, and just as he finished the last strain be passed away. He left a widow and child to mourn his loss.'