Nothing is known of Edward‘s early life, except that he was born in Manchester. As a younger man, he had been a regular soldier, serving with the Lancashire Fusiliers. He had later moved to the Stockport area where he had married. Edward lived with his wife and three children at 331 Newbridge Lane and worked as a crane driver at the iron foundry of H Hollingdrake & Sons Ltd.
When war was declared in August 1914, Edward was still on the reserve and was recalled to the colours. He would have been in action as early as 26 August at the Battle of Le Cateau. At this battle, or shortly afterwards, he received a minor wound. He was also hospitalised for about seven weeks with rheumatism and didn't rejoin the Battalion until mid-January 1915.
Comines-Warneton is a village close to the Belgium-French border and it was quiet sector throughout the War. The Battalion's War Diary notes that on the 1 February, they were in billets and the men had hot baths. Working parties were undertaken at night - probably carrying stores towards the front line. Between the 3rd and 6th, they were back in the trenches. On the 7th, they returned to the billets and, once again, it was worthy of note in the Diary that the men could have hot baths.
The troops returned to the trenches on the 11th and, the next day, it's noted that one section of men was positioned in a couple of houses near to a cottage in No Man's Land known as "Sniper's House". Edward would be the first fatality of the month. Although there are no details of his death, it is possible that he fell victim to a German soldier hidden in the appropriately named Sniper's House.