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Howard Henry was King's Private Secretary from 1930 to 1945. He was an important member of King's staff and is mentioned frequently in the diary. King said of him: "Henry is a very steady fellow very quiet, but appreciative and sound, a fine character." (Diary, October 22, 1930)
Henry apparently came from the Finance Department, because there was a suggestion in March 1931 that he should return there; however, this did not happen. (Diary, March 6, 1931)
Like all of King's staff, Henry worked long hours and helped King with a variety of tasks. As well as the usual duties of a private secretary, he helped with such things as sorting books and files and moving filing cabinets at Kingsmere. (Diary, August 15, 1930) During the war, he carried a heavy load of responsibilities and served King well.
In 1945, he was appointed Registrar of the Exchequer Court.