Henry was born in Wolverhampton in about 1898, the son of David and Mary Ann Edwards. He was baptised on 2 November 1898 at St Matthew’s Church, Wolverhampton. His father died, and his mother remarried James Wall in 1900. In 1901 they were living at 2 Wesley Street, along with Henry’s sister, Sarah Ellen Edwards and step-sister Annie Johnson. By 1911, they had moved to 24 Little Chapel Street, Monmore Green. Henry now had a step-brother, James Wall. At some point, he worked for Bayliss, Jones and Bayliss.
In 1915, at the age of 16, he enlisted in the 21st (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers (service number 19263). He was wounded, and died from these wounds in hospital in Rouen on 14 September 1917. This was reported in the Midland Counties Express on 6 October 1917, by which date his mother’s address was given as 242 Bilston Road.