Edwin Harry Arkinstall was born in Wolverhampton in 1896. Together with Cyril Adey, he went to Tettenhall Church School. In the 1901 census, Edwin appears with his family at 213 Limes Road, Tettenhall. The household includes his parents, Edwin Henry and Eliza Arkinstall, his 2-year-old brother Thomas Sydney and 9 month-old sister Doris Evelyn, along with his grandmother, Emma Arkinstall.
Employed as a cleaner at the Stafford Road works, Edwin joined the local Territorial Force together with Adey in June 1914 at the Drill Hall in Wolverhampton. They went to France with their the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment in June 1915, and both men were killed on 13 October the same year. According to the article that appeared in the Express & Star, Edwin’s address by this time was 58 Limes Road. He is commemorated at the Loos Memorial in France, as well as on the St Michael and All Angels War memorial in Tettenhall.