According to his attestation papers dated February 12, 1915 at Belleville, Edward Barran was born on September 13, 1893 in Macom, Georgia, USA. He listed his brother William Barran, of Toronto, Ontario as his next of kin. He was a machinist and had no previous military experience. He was 22 years of age and stood 5 feet 7.5 inches tall. He had grey eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion. He had a small scar on his left elbow. He was a member of the Church of England.
The Canadian Virtual War Memorial Edward lists Edward as the son of Luke and Annie Barran, of Macon, Georgia, USA.
A descendant of the family was in touch with me and indicated that Edward and his brother William came to New Toronto to live with their grandfather Milner Barran after their parents died in 1901 in Georgia, USA.
John and Victor Arding, who are both on the New Toronto War Memorial, were his uncles.