Henry was born in Wolverhampton in 1874, the son of Joseph and Mary Dale. On 11 March 1900, he married Mary Jane Rowley at St George’s Church, Wolverhampton, and he was living with his parents-in-law, William and Ann Rowley, at 23 Ward Street, Wolverhampton, in 1901. They had moved to Railway Buildings, Five Ways, Wolverhampton, by 1911, along with their four children – William Henry, Mary, Lily and Edith Ellen. Henry was a carter for a railway company. They later had a further three children – Joseph, Doris and George.
On 31 August 1914, Henry enlisted in the 3rd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9838 and later 18124), by which date his address was given as 4 Little Park Street, Wolverhampton. He was discharged on 30 May 1917 following sickness. He had previously served in India with the 2nd Battalion, and was discharged in 1899 as being medically unfit for further service. He was awarded the Silver War Badge (number 192189) on 23 May 1917. Unfortunately he died in Wolverhampton later that year. His name does not appear on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site, but is on the Wolverhampton Roll of Honour.