Edgar enlisted on 24 June 1916, however he was not called up to service until 9th May 1918 this was possibly due to his occupation as a blacksmith.

In 1901 he was living at 13 Spring Garden, Queensbury.  He lived with his mother, Susannah and brother Harry and sister Grace, he also had another sister Elizabeth and in 1911 he was living with Elizabeth and her family at 32 Hainsworth Road Woodhouse, Keighley.  He was at that time aged 23 and a blacksmiths striker.

Edgar married Clara Emma Sykes on 3rd August 1914, they did not have any children.

On 9th May 1918, Edgar joined the 3rd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) at York, he was then at Whitley Bay before embarking for France on 3rd September 1918.  He was posted, to the 10th Battalion, on 8th September and was reported missing after an attack against the enemy on 18th September.  In total Edgar served 15 days in France.

It is not clear where Edger was initially buried, his body, identified by a stick on the grave with details written on, was exhumed in 1920 and reburied in VILLERS HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLERS-GUISLAIN. (VII. C. 15).