Edgar Williamson was born 1 April 1900 at Cockfield to George and Mary Williamson. He was baptised 27 April 1900. In 1901 the family lived at Front Street. He attended Cockfield C. of E. School then the County School, living at address Fell Buildings. In 1911 his father’s wife was now Elizabeth Williamson and they lived at Front Street. He joined the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman [service no. J78582] 1 April 1918. He received the Victory and British War medals and was invalided out of the navy in 1919.