Way was the son of a clergyman. He was educated at St Edward's School and Christ Church, Oxford and joined the Metropolitan Police as a Constable in 1934. He was almost immediately selected for Hendon Police College and passed out as a Junior Station Inspector in 1936. He was promoted Sub-Divisional Inspector in 1942. In September 1943, he was commissioned into the British Army on the General List as a Provost Marshal. He remained in the Army until June 1950, leaving with the rank of Major and rejoining the Metropolitan Police. He served with the Special Police Corps of the Allied Military Government of Trieste from 1947 to 1952.
From January 1961 to May 1962, as a Commander, he was seconded to the Montreal Police to assist in its reorganisation, for which he was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1963 New Year Honours. Returning to London, he served as Commander in the Traffic Department and in 1963 was appointed Assistant Commissioner "B" (Traffic). He was later moved to Assistant Commissioner "A" (Operations and Administration), probably in 1968. He commanded the British Anguilla Police Unit sent to deal with the unrest on the island in 1969 and retired later that year.
- "No. 36244". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 November 1943. p. 4963.
- "No. 38984". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 August 1950. p. 3998.
- "Scotland Yard Man Going to Montreal", The Times, 6 December 1960
- "No. 42870". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 1962. p. 4.
- "Senior Changes at Scotland Yard", The Times, 1 June 1963
- "No. 43151". The London Gazette. 5 November 1963. p. 9053.
- "Troops and police stand by for Anguilla", The Times, 18 March 1969
- Biography, Who Was Who
|Assistant Commissioner "B", Metropolitan Police
|Assistant Commissioner "A", Metropolitan Police