Henry Wilks was born on the 2nd December 1921 in Bradford to a family of fettlers in the mills. Henry left home at 14 after his parents died, and he and worked in the mills himself. Henry kept in touch with his paternal cousin Alice Wilks. Henry also had an aunt. In 1939, Henry joined The Gunners. After his discharge from the army, Henry married Margaret and they had a daughter Marian Wilks in 1954. Henry became a rich mill owner. In 1972, Henry decided to retire and move to the countryside.
Henry was a retired Bradford wool merchant. He had brought his business acumen to Beckindale, and consequently became a director of Emmerdale Farm - when it became a limited company. He also became a joint owner of the local village pub The Woolpack.
Henry and Amos Brearly were on tap behind the bar at The Woolpack from 1973 to 1991. In January 1975 Henry appeared to be in financial straits when an accountant and bank manager came to see him. Henry soon sorted out the money worries. Henry and Amos kept an orderly house even though they did argue themselves a bit.
Amos retired to Spain in January 1991 and the pub was bought by former NY Estates manager Alan Turner. Henry stayed on at the pub and became irritated by Alan's ways. Henry died suddenly of a heart attack in October 1991.
- An inconsistency in Henry's birth date in Episode 595 (15th July 1980) reveals his birthdate as 15th July.
"I was wondering where you'd got to." (First line)
"Here you are love." (Final line)
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