Edward was a son of Richard and Angelina Bartley who lived at Cooma NSW before coming to the Inverell district. He was a twenty-year-old single man living at Howell when he enlisted at Inverell in September 1915. He had done 12 months training with D Company 13th Infantry before enlisting.
Edward was appointed Acting Sergeant and departed Australia for Egypt on HMAT A60 Aeneas in December 1915. He was sent to France in June 1916 where he received several promotions. During 1917 he became ill with trench fever and was sent to England for treatment at 5th London General Hospital. During November 1917 he was awarded a Military Medal. In May 1918 he became a 2nd Lieutenant and returned to France. Two months later he was wounded, sent back to England, and returned to France in October 1918. After his return to Australia, he was medically discharged. Edward died in 1976.