Born in 1886 he had a long seagoing career. As a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve he commanded H.M.S. Cicala when she was part of the North Russian Expeditionary Force in 1918/1919. It was for his part in these actions that he was awarded the D.S.C. in October 1919. Twenty years later he was awarded the O.B.E. when his actions saved the S.S. Karamea - also owned by Messers. Shaw, Savage and Albion Company Ltd. of London.
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