The son of Leah and Herbert Cooke, Henry was born in Liverpool on 14 December 1891. By 1911, they were living at 31 Dudley Road, Wolverhampton, along with Henry’s siblings Maud Coralie, Nellie, Ernest, Phyllis, Edna, Doris, Gladys and Vera. Henry was working as a Safe maker for Chubb’s Works in Wolverhampton.
Henry enlisted with the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 2583). He was killed in action on 4 May 1915. The Midland Counties Express reported on 29 May 1915 that Captain Adams wrote to his family, stating that when Henry was moving from one part of a trench to another, an unaimed shot came over the parapet and his him in the head, and death was practically instantaneous. Adams continued “He was a good comrade, and a good soldier.” Henry is buried at St Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery in Belgium, and is remembered at the Heath Park memorial.