Son of George and the late Lydia (nee ENGLAND) ABBOTT.
His parents married 10 June 1878 at St Mary’s, Watford. Lydia died 1912 in Oxhey, Herts, aged 61, and was buried 3 February at St James’, Bushey, Herts; George died 1930 in Watford aged 82, and was buried 26 February, also at St James.
Edward was born 1883 in Watford, and baptised 9 December 1883 at All Saints, Leavesden, Herts. He resided in Bushey, Herts.
On the 1891 Census, aged 6 he lived in Bushey, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1901 Census, a general labourer aged 18, he lived in New Bushey, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1911 Census, a carman for a coal merchant aged 27, George still lived in New Bushey, with his parents and no siblings.