Edward was born in Wolverhampton on 16 May 1896, the son of Jane Bowyer. In 1906, his mother, Jane, married Albert Brooks in Wolverhampton. In 1911, he was living with his mother and step-father, at 6 House, 3 Court, High Street, Wednesfield. Edward was working as a coal miner and “Engine driver below ground” at a colliery. He later worked for the Weldless Steel Tube Company Ltd.
During the war, Edward served as a Private with the Army Service Corps (number 340992). He appears to have survived the war. I have not been able to confirm further details of his life, but he died in Wolverhampton in 1975. His name is listed on the Roll of Honour of the Weldless Steel Tube Company Ltd as one of their employees who served and survived.