Labour politician, born on 22 April 1873 in Camberwell, London of humble parentage. He had a Methodist upbringing and became a local preacher in 1901. He was actively involved in the Brotherhood Movement, becoming its President in 1929 and again in 1945.
After leaving school he worked for 24 years for the Post Office and became Secretary of the Union of Post Office Workers.He was Labour representative on the London County Council, and Mayor of Camberwell in 1950. He was Labour MP for North Camberwell 1922-1931 and 1935-1944 and was Parliamentary Secretary at the Admiralty 1924 and 1929-1931. He entered the Upper House as Baron Ammon of Camberwell, where he was Government Chief Whip 1945--1949. As chairman of the National Dock Labour Corporation, he played a controversial part in the London dock strike of 1949.
He died on 2 April 1960 and the speaker at his funeral service at Herne Hill Methodist Church was Donald Soper.