Edgar was the son of Oliver and Emily Cockroft, of 62 Daisy Street, Great Horton. They can be found on the 1901 census return at this address, Edgar was then aged 16 and had an older sister Edith along with three younger siblings, Ida, Arthur and Hilda. The whole family are recorded as born Queensbury.
The 1911 census for Edgar shows that he was serving in the military with the 1st Battalion. King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) in China/Hong Kong. In 1914 Edgar now serving in the 2nd Battalion of the KOYLI was part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) sent out to France. His battalion were part of the 13th Infantry Brigade, 5th Division.
Edgar’s battalion were involved in the fighting at Mons on 23rd August, the BEF’s first encounter with the Germans, as the BEF withdrew and began their long retreat Edgar was killed in action on 26th August 1914, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL.