Edward Walter Ross was born in Stepney, London, on 5 January 1880, the son of Albert and Jane Ross.
He enlisted in the Oxford Light Infantry in 1898, serving in South Africa during the Boer War, and spending a total of 12 years in the colours before being honourable discharged with a pension in 1910.
In May 1915 he lived at 214 Royal Mint Road, London.
He was engaged as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at New York on 30 April 1915 just in time for her final voyage home. His monthly rate of pay was £6-0s.-0d (£6) per month.
He survived the sinking and nothing further about his life is known.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, PRO BT 350.