Edward was born in Harston, the eldest of 5 children of Frank & Annie Maria, living in High Street. His mother died in 1906. in 1911 he was a farm labourer, still living in High Street with his father and 3 siblings.
He was one of the first Harston men to volunteer as reported in the Cambridge Independent Press on 4 September 1914. He joined the Suffolk Regiment and went to the Front in May 1915
He died on 13 October, the last day of the Battle of Loos. In the British Official History, J. E. Edmonds wrote that “The fighting [from 13–14 October] had not improved the general situation in any way and had brought nothing but useless slaughter of infantry”.
Most of the servicemen named on the Loos Memorial died in the Battle of Loos, in what was to become the new strip of No-Man’s-Land. After the battle, the front lines changed very little in this sector and it was not possible to recover or bury many of the fallen until the war ended. Hence the high number of unknown soldiers.
Edward was one of the unknown soldiers and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 37 & 38.