Frederick James Edwards was born in Tewin in 1883, the son of James and Mary Ann Edwards, and baptised there on 13 January 1884.
In 1891 the family were living at Nancy Bury, Tewin, (near Queen Hoo Hall), where his father was a Farm Labourer. By 1901 he had enlisted into the Bedfordshire Regiment and was residing at the 16th Brigade Depot at Kempston, Beds. On the 1911 Census he was a Private in the army with the 1st Bedfordshire Regiment Infantry at Maida Barracks, Aldershot, Surrey. His family were living at Stapleford, Herts.