Edwin was born in Walsall in 1879, the son of John and Margaret Farley. By 1891, they were living at 86 Dudley Road, Wolverhampton, along with Edwin’s siblings George, John, Eliza, Margaret, Bedina, Charley and Joseph.
On 1 January 1900, he enlisted with the 4th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (number 5672), giving his trade as “packer”. He saw active service in South Africa, and was promoted to Corporal. However, there were some issues. In 1903, he appeared before a Court Martial, accused of “Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline.” It appeared that, on 8 August 1903 at about 10.30pm, he had been drinking beer and creating a disturbance in the Medical Detention Tent at Bloomfontein. He had also neglected to obey regimental orders. He was found guilty, and reduced to the ranks. He reached the termination of his engagement on 31 December 1909.
When war was declared, he was called up to his regiment again. On 28 April 1915, he was killed in action on the Dardanelles. This was mentioned in the Midland Counties Express on 10 July 1915, along with the information that his brother, Charlie, had been serving in India, and that two further brothers, Joseph and Bernard, were in France. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, as well as on the Dudley War Memorial, and the Priestfield Roll of Honour.