Born: 22 September 1877 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Family: He was the second of four children of William Arrowsmith, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Mary Arrowsmith. He married Julietta Griffiths on 13 April 1901 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and together they had 5 children – Mary, Ethel, Harold, Annie, and Wilfred.
Residence: When Edward was born, the family were living in Foxes Lane, Broughall, Whitchurch; by 1901 they had moved to 56 Bargates, Whitchurch. The 1911 Census shows Edward, his wife and children living at 6 Hawthorn Avenue, Willaston, Nantwich, Cheshire and at the time of his enlistment they were living at 3 Mile Bank, Whitchurch. The 1939 Register shows the family at 6 Alkington Road, Whitchurch where he continued to live until his death in 1948.
Employment: In 1901 Edward was a waggoner; his enlistment attestation showed him as a labourer and in 1939 he was a Local Authority general labourer.
Died: 27 August 1948 in Whitchurch, Shropshire aged 70.
Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Service Number: 16558
Date of Enlistment: 3 December 1914
Date of Discharge: 12 January 1915
Reason for Discharge: Unlikely to become an efficient soldier
Medals and Awards: None awarded