Born in St Helier, Jersey, he was the son of Thomas J and Alice E Lamerton. His father was a seaman, working for the London and South Western Railway Company, which operated a ferry service to the Channel Islands. By the time of the 1911 census he was working as a cab driver on the island.
He was a leading member of the National Builders' Labourers and Constructional Workers' Union, and was their delegate to a number of Labour Party conferences in the 1950s.
He died at Brook Hospital, Greenwich, aged 74.