According to his attestation papers dated January 20, 1916 at Mimico, Edward Riding of Cavell Avenue Mimico, was born on August 25, 1874 at Blackburn, England. He was a shipper by profession. He indicated that he was a widower so he listed his daughter Miss Annie Riding, 223 Winsley Avenue, Blackburn England, as his next of kin. He indicated that he had had previous military experience with the 4th East Langs. Territorials, and that he was an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers. He was 42 years and 6 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 inches tall. He had blue eyes, fair hair and a dark complexion.
In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a labourer, living on the south side of Melrose Street, Mimico.