Updated: Aug 19, 2020
Henry was born in Islington, London on the 14th October 1894 to parents William and Lucy, the youngest of three boys.
He and his older brother were listed on the 1911 census as employed as “wiremen”, his eldest sibling had already left home. The following year Henry joined the Navy, on 21st October for 12 years of service.
He was noted as being 5'10" tall (rather tall in those days!), with dark brown hair, grey eyes and a scar on the right side of his chin.
His training began at HMS PEMBROKE ll (Chatham), as a Stoker 2nd Class where he stayed until 13th March 1913 and was transferred to HMS VANGUARD the following day. He stayed with the dreadnought for the whole of his services, rising to Stoker 1st Class on 21st October 1913 and served aboard during the Battle of Jutland.
He was 22 when killed and awarded the Star, Victory and British medals.
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1911 England Census
Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 ADM 171; Piece: 101
National Archives Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Service Registers and Registers of Deaths and Injuries. Registers of Reports of Deaths
National Archives Admiralty: Naval Casualties, Indexes, War Grave Rolls and Statistics Book, First World War.; Class: ADM 242; Piece: Piece 008; Piece Description: Piece 008 (1914 - 1919)
Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 National Archives Royal Navy
Registers of Seamen's Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 900
WWI Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; Pension Record Cards; Reference: 065/0289/EAS-ECC
Photo courtesy of Peter Bunn