In 1906 Edward was appointed as a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Cumberland Volunteer Battalion of the Border Regt. On June 30 1908 Edward along with others was transferred to the 5th Battalion of the Border Regt. He was listed as being part of the officer corps of the 5th battalion when it was mobilised on Aug 4 1914. The Memorial Register states that he was a Captain in the Border Regt. In October 1914 the Cumberland News carried the following brief report
“Fifth Border Regt
The following letter has been sent to us from Fleetwood:- The men at Fleetwood are men, who by medical examination have been found to be unfit for foreign service, and men under the age limit, but nevertheless are doing very arduous duties. It is guard every other night and drill the day they are not on guard, which is necessary to get the men into shipshape. They are a happy lot of men, and the officers in charge are very nice gentlemen, and are worthy of the name of officer and gentlemen. The Commandant is Capt. Dodgson. He is a good officer to the men, very level headed, will be stern with the men where it is needed, and I must say all through is very human. I hope that the Cumberland people do not think because the men at Fleetwood cannot go on foreign service that they are not doing a great duty, although not fighting. They are doing a great duty in defence of their country.”
However the CWGC lists him as a sapper in the Royal Engineers, his parents’ headstone also lists him as being in the Royal Engineers. The most likely scenario seems to be that when in 1916 the Royal Engineers formed the 5th Field Survey Company, qualified surveyors were drafted in from other battalions. The drop in rank is surprising. He died at a casualty clearing station and is buried at the Aire Communal Cemetery. He left £2,200 in his will equivalent to £100,000 today.