Born: 27 April 1888
Served with the 34th Battalion where he was promoted from Sergeant to Company Sergeant Major (WO2) prior to receiving his commission. He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Below is the recommendation for that award.
He married Phyllis Sarah Loder sister of Frederick Keith Loder, in February 1916, prior to his departure overseas in May 1916. She died on 20 December 1918. He returned to Australia in July 1919. [JSB]
Won the Military Cross -
For distinguished and gallant service during an attack on enemy position in the vicinity of MORLANCOURT near ALBERT, on the night of May 5/6th, 1918. He led his platoon to the final objective with great dash and courage. When the position was captured he re-organised his platoon and consolidated the line. At daybreak the enemy succeeding in gaining a footing in a trench on the right, thus endangering the flank. He led his platoon in a counter attack with the greatest fearlessness, driving out the enemy and re-establishing the position. His bearing throughout the whole operation was an inspiration to his men.