November 26, 1849, Liverpool, England.
June 10, 1944, Sheffield, England.
Henry was the son of Henry and Harriet Coward.
He served an apprenticeship in Sheffield as a pen blade maker.
Though uneducated, he became a teacher at Greaseborough school. He earned his Bachelor of Music at Oxford in 1889, and Doctor of Music in 1894.
He is credited with reviving the tonic-sol-fa method, which he used with singers from the mills and factories who could not read music.
He conducted the Huddersfield choral society for 30 years, and conducted many Whit Sunday sings in Sheffield, including a performance before Queen Victoria
He became a Freeman of the City of Sheffield in 1920, and was knighted by King George V in 1927 for his services to music.
He also traveled the world, and wrote. His works include:
Coward’s burial place