Edward enlisted in Chichester and joined the 7th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment (Service No. G/2674). He served in British Expeditionary Force in France and at the time of his death held the rank of Lance Corporal. He died on 20th November 1917 and his name appears on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France (Panel 7). He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. and is remembered on the war memorial at Ludwell.
Edward's other siblings were also involved in the conflict: Arthur, Ernest and Harry all served but survived as did Percy William Norman, the husband of his sister, Eva Theresa Rose.