Nothing is known for certain about Edward's early life, although the 1901 Census records someone of that name, aged 14, living in Reddish, Stockport.
He worked at Reddish Vale printworks and was married to Susannah. They lived at 41 Bangor Street, Reddish, with their two children. Edward was reported to be an ex-regular soldier who was still serving as a reservist and who had been recalled to the army when war was declared. However, reservists were recalled in early August 1914 to the Cheshire's 1st Battalion and immediately went overseas. It seems more likely, from his service number, that his contracted period in the reserve had expired and he simply volunteered again in the August or September, joining one of the newly created "Service Battalions"..
In the middle of 1917, probably in June at the Battle of Messines, Edward was awarded the Military Medal. This was for displaying great courage, whilst acting as a stretcher bearer, in carrying the wounded under heavy fire. He was killed during a German attack the following year, described here.
After the war, Susannah had remarried, to a Mr Drabble, and was living at 12 Stringer Place, Newbridge Lane, Stockport.