In 1844 he joined the 18th Royal Irish Regiment at Bondon, County Cork, with which he served in the Burmese war in 1852, and for which he was decorated with the medal and clasp (Pegu). He returned to England in 1854, and for a short time was detailed for duty at Windsor Castle. In the latter part of 1854 he joined the fighting line in the Crimean war, and served with distinction until the conclusion of hostilities. He received the Crimean medal and clasp, and also the Turkish medal.
Subsequently he volunteered for India, but when the Royal Irish were leaving he transferred to the 70th Regiment, and arrived with them in New Zealand in 1861.
He served throughout the New Zealand campaign. Subsequently he received the New Zealand medal, good conduct medal, and long service medal, having completed 21 years' service.
Otago Witness , Issue 2739, 12 September 1906, Page 31