Pigeon fancier and Royal Loft Manager to Queen Elizabeth II, he was born in thevilage of Gayood, near . Throughout his life football and cricket were among his active interests, exceeded only by pigeon racing. Early in 1962 he was approached on behalf of the Queen with the invitation to become her Loft Manager at Sandringham and this led to a close friendship based on their common interest. Her Majesty regularly visited his home to see the pigeons now housed in the lofts he had built for them in his garden.
His family belonged to the ex-Primitive Methodist chapel at Gaywood, and later he moved his membershiphis membership to Tower Street Church in Kings Lynn, where he met his wife Gladys, a future local preacher. He told his story in an autobiography Captain of the Queens Flight (1987).