Edward joined West Buckland School as a member of the Brereton in 1904 ‘at a very early age’, according to his brief obituary in the School’s Register of December 1917. He left in 1910 to join Shrewsbury School. He won a science prize in 1908 and was a member of the OTC. The description next to the Southcomb Shield, which was purchased with a legacy he left to the school in his will, reads: ‘He was for many years a cheerful member of the Brereton House, no great athlete but always ready to play his part to the best of his ability.’
Edward was shot by a sniper whilst fighting with the 17th Battalion on the 31st July 1917. He was 22 years old. There is no marked grave for Edward, however, he is remembered on the Menin Gate, along with two more Old Boys of West Buckland School.