Edith had her early education at home. Between ages 16 and 19, she went to three boarding schools, in London, Bristol and Peterborough, where she learnt to become a pupil teacher. The latter also taught French well and Edith had a particular flair for the language. In 1886, she became a governess, looking after the young children of a vicar in Steeple Bumstead in Essex. Edith was remembered as being full of fun, smiling and kind. In her spare time she loved dancing and tennis.