Edward had been born within the parish of St Matthews C of E Church, Stockport, but by the time of the 1901 Census, the family was living in the Cheadle Hulme area. His father, Samuel, was aged 42 on the Census and was working as a domestic gardener. His mother, Sarah, was 38. They had a large family as was common at the time - Ernest (16), Alfred (14), Emma (13), Elizabeth (11), Edward (9), Harry (6), Leonard (4), Walter (2) and twins Amy and Mabel (2 months).
Edward worked in a warehouse in Manchester and, in September 1914, enlisted in the army at Stockport. Shortly before he died, Edward was wounded in action. It cannot be known for certain when this happened, but his Battalion was in action only a few days before - see here for details. Edward is reported to have died on board a hospital ship bringing back to England from France. This would tend to confirm suggestion that he had only been recently wounded - being tending first at a Casualty Clearing Station not far from the front line and then further treatment at a military hospital near the Channel ports.
The family home was now at 29 Adelaide Road, Edgeley and they worshipped at St Matthew's church. Edward's older brother, Alfred, had been killed only a few weeks before and the family must have still been grieving. They decided on a quiet funeral without full military honours, but Edward's coffin was draped with the Union flag and carried to the grave by four soldiers. The "Last Post" was sounded.
Reporting his funeral, the local newspaper mentioned that two other brothers (not named but, presumably Ernest and Harry) were serving in the army - one with the Welsh regiment, another with the Cheshires. They appear to have survived.