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Henry, later known as Harry, was born in Birmingham on 17 September 1878, the son of Ambrose F. and Susan Boham. In 1898, he married Emmeline Sarah Silvey in King’s Norton, and they were living in Manchester with their son, Frederick Thomas, in 1901. Harry was working as a machine tool maker. They were living in King’s Norton by 1911, with additional children Emmeline Sylvia, Harry Clifford, Gertrude Grace, Edith May and twins Margery and Doris. Harry was working as a machine superintendent in the motor car industry.

At some point, the family moved to Wolverhampton. Harry does not seem to have done any military service during the First World War, presumably due to his age. However, he did serve as a special constable for the Wolverhampton Borough Council.

By 1939, Harry and his wife and children were still in Wolverhampton, living at 24 Lea Road. Harry was working as an engineer designer. Harry died on 17 March 1949 in Wolverhampton. The value of his effects was £155 12s.