Edward was born in Manchester, the son of Aaron Weatherall Painter and Annie Painter, in about 1884. By 1901, Aaron and Edward were living at 17 Councillor Lane. There is no mention of Annie, who may have died by then. 19 year old Edward was working as draper’s assistant. His employer was, almost certainly, the major Manchester firm of Rylands & Sons, which had its main premises on New High Street in the city centre. He is included in the Company’s entry to the Appendix of the Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour, published in 1916
In the late summer of 1913, he married Ellen Jackson and they moved to Hazel Grove where they set up home at 8 Davenport Road. They are thought to have had two children.
245th Brigade was a pre-War Territorial unit of the Artillery, drawing its original members from the Leeds area. Edward’s service number is not consistent with him being an original member or, indeed, joining it before the beginning of 1917. He must have previously served with another Brigade and, it can also be deduced from the number, he had not enlisted early in the War.
Edward died several years after the end of the War but his grave at St Thomas’ is an official war grave, maintained by the War Graves Commission. He is known to have died from an illness and it can be said with certainty, based on the war grave status, that this must have been related to his army service.
Further information about Edward can be found in the book “Hazel Grove to Armageddon” by John Eaton.