Edward was born in Bagenalstown, County Carlow, Ireland. It's not known when he came to live in the Stockport area but it appears to be after the 1901 Census, as he not listed as a local resident. By the time of the Great War, however, he was living at 57 Bamford Street. He worked for Mr Livsey Dobson, who was a builder and contractor, of Slade Lane, Levenshulme, Manchester.
Edward is reported to have enlisted on 29 October 1914. An official publication in 1921, called Soldiers Died in the Great War, records that was into the Irish Guards and that his service number was 8602. The publication is known to have inaccuracies but it is certainly possible that this was his first unit. However, there is no mention of this on his on-line medal entitlement record at the National Archive, suggesting that he never served abroad with the Guards.
His later number, 32589, would be consistent with him joining, or transferring to, the Cheshire Regiment in early 1916. There is also some disagreement between official records about which Battalion he was serving with when he died. The Commonwealth war Graves Commission records it as the 10th Battalion, but both the 1921 publication and the official Regimental History record it as the 13th.
Records show that Edward died of wounds he had received. It cannot be said with certainty when he received them, although the 13th Battalion was involved in a major attack on 21 October described here. If he was wounded on the 21st, he would have received attention from the Battalion's medical officer before being evacuated, about 20 kilometres, to either 3rd or 44th Casualty Clearing Station at Puchevillers, where military surgeons would have tried to save his life. Normally a soldier would be quickly passed on to a permanent hospital facility and, the fact that Edward may have been there for several days, suggests that he was either too ill for further travel or the doctors had concluded it was not going to be possible to save him.