Worked as a Skinner. Lived 26 East Crawford Street, Greenock. Married to Jane.
Described as 5 Foot 7 Inches tall. He had dark hair and blue eyes. He had tattoos of a mans head, dragon and snake on his right forearm.
He was a presbyterian.
19th April 1915 transferred to Crystal Palace. He was sentenced to 14 days detention on the 7th August 1915. He was absent without leave on 20th September 1916 and forfitted pay. In reserve until 13th November 1916 transferred to Howe Battalion the Signal School. Posted to Anson 15th February 1918. Hospitalised in Rouen with viral infection Pleurodynia on 8th July 1918 and sprained his ankle on the 11th July 1918. Discharged on 7th April 1919.