Born: George Henry in 1871 in either Ash or Ightfield, Shropshire. He was always known as Henry.
Family: The last of seven children born to Samuel and Annie Arrowsmith. Samuel died in 1876 and Annie remarried in 1880 to Abraham Griffiths. Henry married Annie Hall in 1902 and together they had one child, John Henry.
Residence: In 1881 Henry was living in Foxes lane, Broughall, Whitchurch, Shropshire with his mother, step father and some of his siblings. By 1891 he had moved to Ightfield, Shropshire as a boarder and in 1901 he was boarding in Fauls Green, Shropshire. The 1911 Census saw him at 1 Ashford Cottages, Market Drayton, Shropshire with his wife and son.
Employment: He was a cowman on a farm.
Died: In 1935; his wife Annie predeceased him in 1932.
Regiment: King’s Liverpool Regiment
Service Number: 28349
Date of Enlistment: 9 October 1914
Date of Discharge: 16 April 1917
Reason for Discharge: No longer physically fit
Other Information: Prior to WW1 Henry had periods of service in the Shropshire Light Infantry (2261 and 3131 commencing 23 September 1889), Royal Garrison Artillery (5597 commencing 10 September 1902) and the Militia Reserve (5058 commencing 18 August 1905). He served in the Boer War and was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with 4 clasps. He contracted syphilis in Calcutta, India in August 1895 and faced 2 separate Courts of Enquiry being exonerated by both.
Henry is commemorated on the Crewe Boer War memorial.