This 27-year-old motor car repairman decided to enlist with the 241st Overseas Battalion on January 25, 1917, at Windsor, Ontario. He had been working and residing in Detroit but something compelled him to join the army.
He embarked for England from Halifax on April 28, 1917, and arrived at Liverpool on May 7, 1917. He then was transported to West Sandling Camp for further training. On that day he was taken on strength with the 5th Reserve Battalion, serving there until he was transferred to the CASCRD (reserve depot). He was then transferred to the CASCDD (duty depot) on September 30, 1917.
He was then transferred to CASC at Bramshott from Shorncliffe and served there until transferred to the 4th Reserve Battalion on October 10, 1917. Less than a month later hew was transferred to the 18th Battalion and arrived in the field on November 20, 1917, after passing through the 2nd Canadian Infantry Base Depot and the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp.
He served with the Battalion until his wounding on August 8, 1918. He suffered a GSW to the head and would die later of those wounds on August 21, 1918 at No. 3 Australian General Hospital.