Vice-President of the Conference, 1966, he was born on 5 March 1901 at Chadsmoor, near Cannock. From 1914 to 1921 he was a coal miner, but following the miners' strike of 1921 he began working for an uncle. In 1928 he started his own business and became the chairman of a chain of retail stores. He served on the Cannock Urban District Council from 1938 to 1957, when he became a magistrate.
He trained as a PM local preacher under James Black, Vice-President of the PM Conference in 1931. He was President of the Local Preachers Mutual Aid Association and treasurer of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District.