Harry was born in Wolverhampton in 1875, the son of Harry and Margaret Ward. He married Mary Jane Beards in 1897, and by 1911 they were living at 110 Beacon Street, Springfields, Wolverhampton, together with their son, Richard Thomas, and niece, Fanny Cross. Harry became a brass draper or finisher and at one point worked for Tonks and Sons, Church Street, Wolverhampton.
Harry enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 10444), but was killed in action after only being at the front for seven mothers on 16 May 1915. His picture appeared in the Express & Star on 14 June 1915. He is commemorated at the Le Touret Memorial.