Born in 1893 and baptised on 29 Oct 1893 in Stanstead Abbotts to parents William and Mary. He had four brothers and five sisters. The family had moved to Musley Hill in Ware by 1901 and in April 1911 were living at number 168, Musley Hill, his father was shown as being a lift labourer at Allen & Hanbury Mftg Chemists and Edward was a mill hand. Enlisted in the 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regt, as a Territorial on 18 October 1911.
Enlisted at Ware.