He attended Elmfield College and was then a master there. He qualified as a doctor from the University of Leeds and was commissioned Lieutenant in the Territorial Army Royal Army Medical Corps in 1927, eventually reaching the rank of Colonel.
He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Pudsey and Otley from 1945 to 1950, and after that constituency was abolished in boundary changes for the 1950 general election, he was MP for Ripon from 1950 until his death in 1973.
- London Gazette Issue 33299 published on 2 August 1927. Page 22