Edward was born in Stockport, the only son of Robert and Hannah Jane. His parents had married, at St Matthews Church, between January and March 1894 and Edward was born just over a year later.
In later life, Edward worshipped at St Mary's Church but, in November 1912 at the age of 18, he married Alice (known as Elsie) Higson at St George's Church.
Edward worked as a draper's assistant until he enlisted into the army in the early summer of 1915. It's thought that, by this time, his parents had moved to live at 672 Liverpool Road, Ainsdale, Southport, as he enlisted into the army nearby at Seaforth. All of Edward's military service will have spent in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq).
On 1 February 1917, the Battalion was to the east of the city of Kut-al-Amara, near the joining of the River Hai and River Tigris. The Battalion's War Diary states that, at 5am, they moved up to a new line of trenches and assaulted the Turkish Salient at 9.49, after a heavy bombardment. They captured the Turkish front line without much difficulty and pressed on, across the Salient, to the support trenches. They worked their way along the trench system, to right and left, clearing the way with grenades. They found about 50 dead Turks and another 165 came in and surrendered. The Diary notes that "More would have come in but were taken for a counter attack and fired on by another unit". By 10.06, the Cheshires had secured their objectives and the work of consolidating the position began. Edward and George Morton were two of the 19 men killed in the Cheshires'attack.
By the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission was collating its casualty information, Elsie had remarried and was now Mrs Hopkinson and was living at 2 Swinton Street in the Dialstone Road area of town.