Edward was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of Mary Ann and William Shaw. By 1911, he was living with his mother at 116 Great Brickkiln Street, Wolverhampton, along with his brother William Richard and sister Florence Mary. Edward was a shop assistant at a grocer’s.
In 1912, Edward enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards (number 15970), going to France in October 1914. He was reported as missing on 29 October 1914, and by 20 January 1916, the Express & Star reported that he was presumed by the War Office authorities to have died. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.