A correctly named BWM to 16426 T2 Cpl EV McCarthy RE with Imperail Service medal named to Edward Vincent McCarthy.
Born in 1881, Edward Vincent first enlisted in 1907. He served for 6 years and then in 1913, extended his service. His address at the time is given as 258 Queens Buildings, Vauxhall, Westminster, London.
He married Catherine Callaghan in 1901. In 1901 he is seen to be working as a hotel porter but in 1906, he is mentioned in the London Gazette as being a postman.
He primarily served with 2 Corps Signal Company RE but landed in France with the 6th. He is employed now as a superior equipment repairer. He landed in France on the 8th September 1914 so is entitled to a 1914 Star with clasp.
Both medals are on original silk ribbons with the Imperial Service medal having the clasp for wear.
We can assume his Imperial Service Medal was awarded for service with the Post Office.
Edwards papers survive so there can be more research done.