Born in Wheatley in 1881 according to the 1911 Census: earlier Censuses do not appear to show him and his parents. The Wheatley Village Archive has his attending Standard 1 at Wheatley Elementary school in 1889, and continuing in the school in 1893 and 1894. A general labourer in 1911, married to Gertrude Florence Webb, born in Garsington. They lived in Great Milton. There was an Edward Shorter living in Littleworth in 1921.