Harold was born in Wolverhampton in 1887, the son of Charles Higgs and Betsy Newman. They were at 42 Oxley Street, Wolverhampton in 1901, and by 1911, they were living at 18 Hughes Street, together with Harold’s brothers Frederick George and Cecil, and sister Constance. Harold was a carter.
On 24 July 1915, he enlisted in the 20th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment (number 26157). His address by this date was 10 Oxley Street, Wolverhampton, and his trade was a groom. He rose to become Lance Corporal. On 7 May 1917, the Express & Star reported that he had been wounded, having received a gun shot wound in the left thigh. He was discharged on 8 December 1917, due to “mania”. However, while he was in the operating theatre at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, in 1924, his Character Certificate and Discharge Certificates were stolen, and he applied to have them replaced, although he still had not received them by 1938.
Harold married Elsie M. Ashley in Manchester in 1934, but the couple do not appear to have had any children. Harold died in Stafford in 1950.