Edward Walpole MATTHEWS was born on 3 November 1876 at Aurere in New Zealand. He was the son of Robert Noble Matthew and his wife Sophie Louisa (nee Subritzky). He enlisted in the New Zealand Army under the volunteer system and was a founder member of ‘D’ Squadron, the Mangonui Mounted Rifles. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal and took part in the inaugural Annual Camp of the Mangonui Mounted Rifles in the summer of 1900. His date of discharge is unknown.