As a sergeant Number 1 section, A Coy, 10 Battalion he took part in the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli, Turkey, 25 April 1915. He received his commission while serving at Gallipoli. In August, he was invalided to Australia and spent a year recuperating and serving as an Intelligence Officer.
He transferred to the Australian Flying Corps and undertook flying training at Point Cook, Victoria.
Returning to England in 1917, he was medically restricted from completing his flying training so on his own initiative transferred to the Royal Flying Corps to serve as a gunner on Bristol Fighters at Number 62 Squadron. He was awarded the for effective ground attack actions during the German March/April 1918 offensives.
In mid 1918, he returned to England to finally complete his flying training and then served as a pilot on the SE5a. Later, while undertaking a Sopwith Snipe conversion, the war ended and he returned to Australia.
At the outbreak of the Second World War, he joined the Royal Australian Air Force (Royal Australian Air Force) as Recruiting Officer in Adelaide and subsequently took the first intake of the Empire Air Training Scheme to Canada.
From 1942, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Number 3 Initial Training School at Kingaroy, Queensland. He retired from the Royal Australian Air Force in 1945 with the rank of wing commander.