Henry and his parents, Henry and Elizabeth, did not originate from Stockport. He had been born in Walkden, Lancashire in about 1899 and later attended Edgefold Sunday School in Worsley. He was also known as Harry to distinguish him from his father.
The family later moved to Stockport, living at 74 Churchgate, where they became active in the local parish church of St Mary's. When he left school, Harry went to work for Burgess, Ledward & Co, 22 Dickinson Street, Manchester. They manufactured cotton, but these premises were likely to be warehouses and offices.
Harry was conscripted into the army in about February 1917, after he had reached the age of 18. He trained at Preese Heath, Whitchurch and at Great Yarmouth, before going overseas in September 1917. His service number whilst in training with the East Lancashire regiment was TR3/49953. When he went overseas, he was assigned to the Regiment's 11th Battalion and allocated 30572 as a new service number.
At some point, Harry was shot whilst in action overseas. He will have received treatment from military surgeons at a Casualty Clearing Station (mobile hospital) some miles behind the front line and may have spent time in a military hospital in France, before his condition was sufficiently stable for him to return to Britain. He was at Southwark Military Hospital, London, when he died. It is not known when he was wounded but the fact that he is recorded as being attached to the Depot (in the UK), rather than his Battalion suggests that it might have been some considerable time before.
Henry and Elizabeth received news of his deteriorating condition on 20 April and were able to travel to London to be with him. They were present when he died and will have made arrangements, at their own expense, for his body to be brought back to Stockport for burial.