From the age of 18, Henry Glaze was a soldier, serving with the 2nd Shropshire Light Infantry at Shrewsbury. He enlisted 12 December 1890, number 3361. He went on to serve in South Africa, where he was awarded the South Africa Medal and 4 clasps. On 30 July 1900 he was injured in a train accident at Frederickstad and was found to be “unfit for further service”, being discharged on 14 December 1902. Little did he realise that his services would be called on again with the outbreak of the First World War…
A Shropshire lad, Henry was born in 1870 in Claverley, to parents John Glaze (who died in 1880 and Eliza Glaze (nee Taylor). In 1904, he married Jane Brookes at Wolverhampton, and had three children, Henry, Eliza Jane and Norman, between 1904 and 1910. His wife, Jane, was admitted to Stafford Asylum on 19 September 1908 at the age of 26, so that by the 1911 census Henry was living in 9 Grove Lane, Tettenhall, with his two sons and 1 daughter, and a visitor, Nellie Davis. Davis later became the “Guardian of Infant Children” when Henry reenlisted.
On 8 January 1915, Henry enlisted in Wolverhampton with the North Staffordshire Regiment, service number 20082/35040. He was given leave to attend to his family on 5 March 1919, after the death of his eldest son due to influenza and pneumonia. He was discharged three days later, having been diagnosed with varicose veins in both legs.
The unfortunate Jane Glaze was transferred to Stafford workhouse in 1965, and transferred again to Ivy House in Cannock, and later to White Lodge in Cannock. We have been unable to find a definite date of death for her. Henry himself died in June 1934 in Wolverhampton