Henry Cummings was born in July 1876, he was the son of John and Charlotte Cummings.
In 1891 the family lived at 2 Sandford Cottages in Wembdon. His father, originally from Charlinch was an agricultural labourer as was Henry (now aged 14) with his older brother Charles. His eldest brother James was a blacksmith and his mother was described as a housekeeper. He had a younger brother John who was still at school. In 1901 Henry, aged 23, was still living at home and working as a labourer.
In May 1908 Henry joined Army Service Corps in the Territorial Army. At this point his profession was described as a carter for William Akers of West Quay.
On 12 January he reenlisted for service at the front, his address at the time being 3 Bond Street, joining the 29th Divisional Train Royal Army Service Corps. The 25th Divisional Train was made up of companies 198 to 201 of the Army Service Corps and was attached to the 25th Division in November 1914. The Division had been formed in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Third New Army, and trained in the area around Salisbury.
Henry died in Britain on 6 April 1915, while his unit was still based in Britain. As yet the cause of death has not been discovered. At that time he was noted as the husband of Sarah Pollard of 7 Potter Street, Newport.