Henry was born in Manchester in about 1873. In 1899, he married Emma Jones in Wolverhampton, and by 1901 they were living at 103 Wolverhampton Street, Bilston (although the 1901 census says he was born in Codsall). The couple were at the same address in 1911, and in both censuses the household consisted of Henry, his wife, and a number of boarders. Henry’s trade was listed as a locomotive engine driver in 1901, and a miner and coal dealer in 1911.
In 1915 at the age of 42, Henry voluntarily enlisted with the Royal Engineers (number 136455), rising from Sapper to Sergeant. He first served in France from 22 November 1915. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field, having rescued two comrades from a tunnel which the Germans blew up. Unfortunately, he was wounded, and he died in hospital from wounds received in battle on 23 September 1917. This was reported in the Midland Counties Express on 27 October 1917. This mentioned that he had a surviving son as well as a widow, but I have not been able to confirm further details about him. He was serving with the 251st Tunnelling Company at the time.
The Express & Star on 5 August 1918 included details of a ceremony following a special service at St Leonard’s Church, Bilston, when a public presentation of Military Medals was made outside Bilston Town Hall. The Chairman of the District Council, W. Hughes, presented Henry’s widow with the medal, as well as presenting another Military Medal to a Corporal Hindley, also from Bilston.