Edwin was born in about 1887 in Wolverhampton, the son of Edwin and Elizabeth Tyrer. They were living at 14 York Street, Wolverhampton, in 1901, along with Edwin’s siblings Lucy, Betsy, Emily, William H. and Arthur. Edwin was a machine handle maker. He married Florence Swatman in Wolverhampton in 1911, and they lived at 9 Brickkiln Croft. Edwin was now a labourer in the edge tool trade. He later worked at Yates’s edge tool works in Birmingham. The couple had two children – Florence (1912) and Edwin B. (1915).
On 19 September 1916, Edwin enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 30896). However, he was killed in action on 28 March 1917. He was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 12 May 1917 (although his first name was incorrectly given as “Edward”. He is buried at the St. Leger British Cemetery in France.