Served with Essex County Constabulary from February 12, 1847 and died on March 29, 1851.

Police Constable Edward Willsmore came from Lambeth, and had been a mariner prior to joining the force in February 1847. He may have worked somewhere else first, but from at least February 1849 he was stationed at Burnham, protecting the oyster fishery with two other Police Constables and an Inspector.

Edward Willsmore was described as a single man of excellent character who was supporting his widowed mother. Edward Willsmore maintained his own boat, for on Saturday 29 March 1851 he was seen out in it on the River Crouch with the sails set and the wind blowing hard. A witness saw a sudden squall fill it with water so that it sank. His body was not found for two days.