Born at Perth WA. Nok mother, Rachel Boyd John St Cottesloe. At the age of 17 Edward went to a Sydney Wireless Training School and after graduation served on ships as a radio operator. At the outbreak of war, he enlisted in the newly formed British Air Corp, later the Royal Air Force. He was shot down over enemy territory and released one of the carrier pigeons carried on military planes with the message – ‘shot down in Hun territory’. The pigeon and Edward were captured and because ‘Hun’ was a derogatory term, Edward had a difficult time in the POW camp. He tried three times to escape and was recaptured and punished. After the war he was repatriated to England in November 1918. Service medals: Not known.