The son of William and Katie Anker, Harry was born in 1896. His birth was registered in Haslingden, Lancashire, although his entry on the 1901 census seems to suggest that he was born in Wolverhampton. In 1901 they were at 82 Cannock Road, together with Harry’s sisters Louisa and Marian.
Harry enlisted as a Gunner in the 50th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery (number 820180). He died on 28 April 1918, by which point his parents were living at 46 Red Cross Street. He is buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium, and is commemorated in the Lady Chapel and on the roll of honour at St Peter’s Church.