Having been a member of the Prince of Wales Own Middlesex Volunteers for a short time, he enlisted in the London Scottish Regiment of the brand new Territorial Army on 10th April 1908 at which time he was a Boy Clerk in the Civil Service, living in West Kensington.
He was just over 5 feet 6 inches tall. He continued as a Territorial and meantime became a Telegraphist with the Post Office
He is not in 1911 North Queensferry Census, but his mother Helen (46), born Torryburn, was at School Brae with her two younger sons.
In 1914 he was a Private in 14 Bn London Regiment (London Scottish) and arrived in France 15 September 1914.
He received a slight bullet wound in the left arm and a few days later a shell wound in the right arm and was sent to hospital in Glasgow.
On 23 November 1914 he was transferred at his own request, to the Royal Engineers (who were looking for telegraphists) and posted to the 52nd Lowland Division Signal Company, on duty with them as from 5 May 1915.
He was sent to Gallipoli in July 1915 and returned to the UK in April 1916 before being sent back to France.
Mentioned in Despatches - 26th June 1917.
Appointed acting Corporal 1 September 1917 and confirmed in rank 2 May 1918.
He died of wounds received in action.