After qualifying in medicine from Trinity College he was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps He served with bravery in the First World War, receiving a Distinguished Service Order for gallantry. At the end of the war he was medical officer in the allied forces Dunsterforce expedition. He retired with the rank of lieutnant-colonel . He moved to England following the end of the War, when he also received the OBE, and became a general practitioner in Kingston upon Thames. . He married Elizabeth Robinson and had three children Pamela, Sheila and John.