Edmund was born in 1870,  the first son and eldest child of John Haywood and Johanna Murch. He had fair hair and blue eyes, and was 5' 5" tall. On his naval service record he states his birth date is 21 December 1872, but on the 1911 census he gives his date of birth as 23 October 1870.
Although as a child and young man, Edmund worked as a tile and brickmaker, (like his father) as soon as he was 21 Edmund made a career of being a sailor, serving in the Royal Navy from 1891 to 1903, mostly as a stoker on ships including Indus, Anson, Empress of India, Crescent, Orlando, Diana, Monmouth, Gibraltar, Challenger, and Vivid I and II.
The Royal Naval Barracks at Devonport (adjacent to Plymouth) was built in the late 1800s and at the time the Commander in Chief of the area had an official yacht HMS VIVID. He decided that the new barracks should take the designation HMS VIVID. It was customary for satellites of shore establishments to take the "ship name" of their parent with I or II and so on added. HMS VIVID I was the signals centre associated with the Devonport Barracks but not actually inside the perimeter. HMS VIVID II and III would have been shore units, part of the Devonport barracks, probably not actually within the perimeter but certainly within the general area of Plymouth Naval Base. 
In 1903, Edmund married Mahelia Elizabeth Smith in the Chelsea Registration District of London, England (she came from Tottenham).  The couple had two boys and four girls [names omitted for privacy reasons].
He took some breaks in his career, but always rejoined (in 1901, from gaol!). He signed on to the Royal Fleet Reserve in 1909 for a period of five years, but actually served throughout World War One. (The Royal Fleet Reserve was a body of trained men who could serve in an emergency situation - and a World War qualified...)
Edmund died in 1956, aged 86.
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