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Edwin was born in Cardiff in 1892, the son of Edward and Fanny Bruerton. The family were still in Wales in 1901, in 18 Lincoln Street, Canton, Glamorgan, and Edwin appeared with his parents and siblings Florence May, Minnie and Fanny. Edwin’s parents had moved to Wolverhampton by 1911, to No 9 No 2 Court Walsall Street, however Edwin was elsewhere. In 1908 he had enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment, so he appeared in 1911 at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield (although his surname was given as “Brewerton”). His parents later lived at 29 Union Mill Street.

He was serving in South Africa when war was declared. He was with the 1st battalion (number 8590), and was said to have been the tallest man in the regiment. An article dated 11 December 1915 in the Midland Counties Express stated that he was a very good shot and had won prizes for his skill, as well as being a member of the regimental football team. He served in France for a few weeks, before being killed in action on 7 November 1914. However, official news of his death did not reach his parents until nearly a year later. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.