Edward was born in 1891, in St Ippolyts, Herts. The son of Frank Strudwick and Harriet Strudwick (nee Brown). One of seven children. He started school on the 20th March 1896, at the Ippolyts National School. The 1901 Census records Edward aged 9, living with his widowed mother and elder brother Frank 14 in St Ippolyts, Herts. The 1911 Census records Edward aged 19, single and living at The Stables, Guilsboro Lodge, Coton, Northamptonshire. His occupation is given as a Groom Domestic.
Edward lived in Weston, Herts for some time and married Julia Aylott also from Weston, in 1917.