Henry was born in 1846 to John and Sarah Ching. His father was a chemist. After he had finished his education, Henry joined the Royal Navy. He was serving aboard ‘H.M.S. Shannon’ (below) as a midshipman, when it called into Port Royal, Jamaica in December, 1863. Here Henry contracted ‘yellow fever’ and died within a few hours. He was interred at Port Royal.
The officers and crew of the ‘H.M.S. Shannon’ paid for a commemoration stained glass window to be erected in his me memory at St. Mary Magdalene Church (during its 1865 renovation). The window represents ‘Christ walking on the water’ and ‘Christ bidding Peter come to him on the water.’