Edward was a twenty-one-year-old single man when he enlisted at Liverpool NSW in October 1915. He gave his address as Apple Tree Gully, Elsmore and occupation as Shearer. Edward also stated he had previously been rejected due to a scar on his back. He was a son of James and Mary Brown. At Inverell Council Chambers in November 1915, he was one of four men given a ‘send-off’ and presented with the Inverell Medal.
Edward joined the 6th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcement and sailed from Australia for Egypt on HMAT A60 Aeneas in December 1915. Six months later he was sent to France, posted to the 6th Battery, and appointed shoeing smith. At the end of 1917 he was unwell and sent to England for treatment. Four months later he returned to France and his unit. At the end of 1918 he was ill again and transferred to England. Edward arrived back in Australia in May 1919 and was discharged in July. He died, unmarried, in 1974 and was buried at Branxton NSW.