Henry was born in Wolverhampton in 1874, the son of Evan and Frances Williams. He married Harriet Eccleshall in Wolverhampton in 1906, and the couple had five children – Joseph, Nellie, Mary Jane, Harriet I. and Harry B. In 1911, they were living at 28 Field Street, Springfields, Wolverhampton, and Henry (now known as Harry) was a maltster labourer for a brewery. They later lived at 10 Bank Street, Park Village.
Having served in the South African War, Henry rejoined the 8th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment at the outbreak of war (number 118923), rising to become a Corporal. He first served in France from 15 July 1915. He died on 12 October 1917 in Belgium. His medal card states that he died of wounds, but the account in the Midland Counties Express states that he was killed in action. He is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial.