In brief, born 1870, from 1895-1910 he held the post of Clerk to the House of Commons.
In 1900 he joined A Battery of the Honourable Artillery Company and served throughout that year with the City Imperial Volunteers Battery, as a driver (of a gun team). This battery was almost totally manned by HAC personnel. He served in that, then, volunteer regiment until 1904. His account/diary in the ranks of the CIV records his time out in South Africa with the gun battery.
He later served in the RNVR (Lieutenant Commander), the RN Air Service and later the newly formed RAF (major until 1919).