Edward Harrison was born in 1881 at Burnley, Lancashire son of John and Ann Harrison, his father was a Tallow Chandler. He was trained at Borough Road Training College in Isleworth, Middlesex later becoming Mathematics teacher at the City of Leeds Training College. He was Head of Buckingham House a mens hostel of the teacher training college in the years immediately prior to the opening of the college at Beckett Park, Thomas Halliwell was a student based at Buckingham House. Harrison was killed in action on 28 April 1917 he was Second Lieutenant in the 158th Siege Battalion, Royal Garrison Artillery. He is buried in the Mindel Trench British Cemetery, St.Laurent-Blangy in France.