Henry Thorley was born in December 1880 at Sandyford Stone. In 1911 he was living 101 High St, Hanford with his wife and children. His parents and two brothers and sister were living in New Inn Lane, Hanford. In 1914 he was living at 17 Church Lane, Hanford. He was married to Minnie and had three children. He was a carter and general labourer.
He signed up on 17 November 1914 and was originally in the Royal Fusiliers – regimental number 9730 but discharged 8/5/1915 with chronic rheumatism as “unlikely to make an efficient soldier”.
He is believed to have re-enlisted or been called up, joining the Prince of Wales North Staffs Regiment 1st/5th Battalion. He was a private and his regimental numbers are listed as 5851 and 201992.
He was killed in action on 1 July 1917 in Flanders, aged 36, but his body was not found and identified until 1921. His grave is at Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay.