Henry was born in 1885, in Breachwood Green, King’s Walden, Herts, the son of Vincent Folds (B 1858 in King’s Walden, Herts) a Brick Maker and Sarah Folds (nee Houghton) (B 1862 in Offley, Herts).
Baptised in the parish Church of St Marys, King’s Walden on 30th August 1885.
1891 Census records Henry aged 5, at school, living with his parents, sisters Eliza 10, Ada 7, Clara 3 and brother George 1, in Breachwood Green, King’s Walden, Herts.
He attended Breachwood Green and King’s Walden National Schools.
On 21st November 1900 Henry enlisted for 6 years into the 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Militia, with the Regimental No. 4097.
He was discharged on 20th November 1906, on completion of his term of engagement.
Note: His Militia service record gives his age on enlisting in 1900 as 17yrs & 9 months ?.
1901 Census records him aged 15, living with his parents, brothers and sisters, in Breachwood Green, King’s Walden, and working as a general Labourer and a member of the 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Militia.
On the 14th June 1905 Henry Folds married Charlotte Geeves of Hertford, in St Andrews Church, Hertford, Herts.
1911 Census records Henry aged 25, married to Charlotte, they have two children Benjamin and Margaret Elizabeth and living at 65H Kiddill’s Yard, St Andrews Street, Hertford. His occupation is given as a Horseman on Farm.