Edward was the son of Mary Ellen Boocock and had one older brother Frank. Mary Ellen had married William Prout on 9 March 1889, the 1891 census shows William and Mary living with her father in Shelf.
It is unknown what happened to William as on the 1901 census Mary (then aged 31) was living at Glazier Road, Queensbury with her son Frank (age 7) and John C Boocock (age 21). Edward would have been aged 3 at this time, he cannot be found on the census return. 1911 saw Mary living at 1 Oakley Street with Frank who was a coalminer, Edward aged 13 and employed as a factory worker and boarders John C Boocock and Thomas Watson, both coalminers.
In late 1916 Mary married John Boocock and the CWGC record that Mary lived at Stone Terrace, Upper Lane, Northowram, Halifax.
Edward served in the 1st/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) and was 19 when he died of wounds on 23rd November 1917. He is buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY (IV. F. 9).
Edwards brother, Frank Prout also served in the war (possibly in the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment) as did their step-father John C Boocock, John was killed in action on 28th August 1917.