Edmund Thomas Ephgrave was born in 1886 in Digswell, Herts, the son of Thomas and Eleanor Ephgrave.
On the 1891 Census the family were living in Digswell where his father was a Groom and Domestic Gardener. They remained there in 1901 and Edmund was working as agricultural labourer. By 1911 Edmund had joined the Army and was a Lance Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
He married Alice Maud Henderson and they had one child Edmund Douglas born 25 .1.15, and lived at 53 Walkern Road, Stevenage, Herts.