Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 5050
Regiment / Division: Gloucestershire Regiment
Battalion: 1st/5th Battalion
Died: 27th August 1916 aged 30 years
Death Location: France
Life before the War
Edward was born Southampton in 1886 to parents George and Ann, nee Downer, who married 1877 on the Isle of Wight. George was born 1853 in Shorewell on the Isle of Wight. Edward had brothers Arthur, born 1878 and baptised 9 June 1878 in Southampton, and Herbert also born in Southampton in 1883.
The 1891 census shows that Edward and his mother Ann were living at Part Pells Cottage, Shorewell, Hampshire with his grandparents Jacob and Mary Willstead. His father George and brothers Arthur and Herbert were living at 8 Brintons Terrace, St Mary’s, Southampton. George is a Messenger on a Steam Ship.
The family were together in 1901 and living at the family home at 8 Brintons Terrace, St Mary’s Southampton. George’s employment was a Clerk on a Steam Ship, the same for his son Arthur. Herbert was an Apprentice Carpenter/Joiner whilst Edward was still at school.
They were still at the same address in 1911. George and son Arthur were still employed at the Steam Ship Company as Shipping Clerks. Sons Herbert and Edward were both Photographers and working for themselves.
Edward’s brother Herbert served with the 6th Hants Regt as a Private, service number 3434. His occupation was Photographer. He gave his father George at 8 Brintons Terrace, Southampton as next of kin. He served at home from 8 April 1916 to 23 June 1916 (77days in total).
Edward enlisted in Winchester, Hampshire, into the Gloucestershire Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion as a Private. His service number was 5050 (surname showed as Willstead).
He was killed in action on 27th August 1916 aged 30 and is Remembered with Honour at the Thiepval Memorial, France.
Edward was entitled to the Victory and British Service Medals.