Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Royds Pownall was born in 1887 as second son of of late C. A. W. Pownall, Blackheath.|
He married in 1918 with Lucy Louttit Gray (died 1950), youngest daughter of late William Henderson, Aberdeen.
He was educated at Rugby School; Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; Staff College, Camberley and Imperial Defence College.
Served in Royal Field Artillery and Royal Horse Artillery, in England and India, 1906-1914;
He retired in 1945 and became a member of many associations such as Chairman Friary Meux Ltd.; Member Committee, Lloyds Bank, 8 Pall Mall, Chief Commissioner St. John Ambulance Brigade, 1947-1949; Vice-Chancellor Order of St. John, 1950. Chancellor 1951. G.C.St.J.
He died on 9 June 1961.
His awards include Knight Commander of the Bath, created in 1945 (Companion of the (Order of the) Bath 1938); Knight (Commander of the Order) of the British Empire created. 1940; Distinguished Service Order 1918; Military Cross; Colonel Commandant Royal Artillery, 1942-1952.
He was pictured on the cover of TIME magazine for the 12 January 1942 issue.