Born at Intake, Sheffield on 13 October 1869 and educated at Gleadless Church School. He was born into a Primitive Methodist family and was a local preacher for fifty-seven years; his mother has been baptised by Bourne, HughHugh Bourne. At twelve he began work as a farm labourer, then from thirteen to eighteen worked at Birley Colliery, near Sheffield, as an engineman. Employment then took him to Cadeby Colliery near Rotherham where he was a winding engineman for twenty-four years. He was the General Secretary of the National Winding and General Engineers Society for twenty-five years. In 1918 he was elected for Sheffield (Attercliffe) as a Coalition Liberal with Lloyd George’s endorsement but lost the seat to Labour in 1922. He stood again, unsuccessfully, as a Liberal for Ilkeston in 1923 and then as National Liberal for Mansfield in 1935, losing on both occasion to Labour. Abandoning any further attempts to enter Parliament, then became member of Mexborough Urban District Council. He died on 29 November 1949.