Recruited in May 1907 into the 2nd Infantry, he was promoted to Sergeant in June 1908 and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in February 1909.
Later promotions saw him a Lieutenant on 8 May 1911 and a Captain on 22 April 1912.
He embarked for Garrison Duty on Thursday Island on 8 August 1914, was transferred to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) as a Captain on 14 August 1914 and embarked for New Guinea two days later.
He joined the AIF as a 24 year old on 28 September 1914 and embarked for overseas with A Company, 15th Battalion from Melbourne on 22 December 1914 aboard HMAT Ceramic.
After being promoted to Major on 1 February 1915, he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 28 April 1915 and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey with others who have no known grave.