He was born at Castle Donington and trained for the ministry at Didsbury College. He and Archibald W. Harrison were lifelong friends. His wide reading included an acquaintance with Greek and Latin literature. Poor health forced him to retire between 1928 and 1938 and he finally superannuated in 1943, settling in Liverpool. 'A man of peculiar charm and quaint gesture, he seemed too tender and fragile, in his later years, to be at home in the rush and realism of the present age.' He died on 16 September 1967.