Updated: Aug 20, 2022
Henry was born on 8th January 1898 in Nottingham to parents William and Sarah. On the 1901 census he was aged two, the youngest of the family - William supported his wife and six children working for himself as a surgical hosier where they lived at 12 Blue Bell Hills, Nottingham. The family had moved by the recording of the 1911 census - Henry was then aged twelve and the family of nine lived at 92 Alfred Street South, Nottingham.
Henry joined the Royal Navy on 30 January 1915 as a Boy 2nd Class, leaving his occupation as a butcher and enlisted for a 12 year engagement. He trained at shore establishment HMS GANGES from 30/01/1915 to 26/03/1915; HMS IMPREGNABLE from 27/03/1915 to 21/10/1915 rising to Boy First Class on 10/04/1915 then Telegraphist on 03/07/1915, HMS VICTORY I on 22/10/1915 until 04/01/1916 and posted to HMS VANGUARD on 05/01/1916, rising to Ordinary Telegraphist on 27/07/1916 until the ship exploded on 09/07/1917.
Henry was 5’3” tall with brown hair and hazel eyes - he had a scar on the tip of his nose and right middle finger, with moles on his left arm and over his right shoulder blade. He died aged just eighteen - his pension was awarded to his father following his death as were his Victory and British war medals.
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England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 Free BMD
1901 & 1911 England Census
Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 717
British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; 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
British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty: Naval Casualties, Indexes, War Grave Rolls and Statistics Book, First World War.; Class: ADM 242; Piece: 009 (1914 - 1919)
Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/9; Scan Number: 0351
World War I Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers; Reference: 712/07D
Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 109
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