By 28 September 1916, he had joined the 1 Pioneer Battalion for mining duties “in the field” before officially leaving Sydney on 3 November 1916 aboard the HMAT Afric A19 for Pymount, England. Between 26-27 September 1917 he was wounded in the field but had rejoined his troop by 14 October 1917. As reported in the Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate .
5 March 1918 he was charged with the crime of ‘neglecting to obey an order in that his steel helmet was not camouflaged’ while in France and he was given 2 days Field Punishment No. 2 (F.P. No. 2) which according to the Rules of Field Punishment meant he was subject to heavy labouring duties without being ‘attached to a fixed object’ .
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 CHIPS. (1916, May 24). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article86078524
 “OF THE BOYS.”. (1918, March 30). The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, p.11. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article86213759
 Field Punishment. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved from http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/field_punishment/