According to information contained with his service record he was one of six children, three boys and three girls. Henri was born in January, 1893 in Ballarat. His brothers names were Albert James and Stein W Paulig but his sisters names are not recorded.
His mother was deceased prior to his enlistment in The Great War and his father lived in Ballarat (formerly in Alfred Hall in Curtis Street and later at 106 Doveton Street North).
He was 5 feet 101/2 inches tall and weighed 11 pounds 2 ounces. He had brown eyes, black hair, a dark complexion and was raised as a Methodist. Henri was also a carpenter by trade before he entered the war.
He enlisted in Ballarat on the 19th August, 1914 at the age of 21 years and 7 months. His service number was: 246. He was assigned to the 2nd Brigade, Infantry 8th Battalion B Company and embarked from Melbourne on the HMAT A24 Benalla on the 19th October, 1914. He arrived in Egypt on the 2nd December, 1914.
These photographs are taken from an album Kensington to Cairo and from Cairo to Gallipoli : album of photographs, 1914-1915 in the collection of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales. (It has been digitised and can be found here) The album was created by Henry Charles Marshall, 1st Battalion, Infantry, no. 577, a professional photographer, who fought and died at Gallipoli. The album contains impressive personal photographs of the soldiers' lives from initial training in Australia through to desert training in Egypt and the landings and fighting at Gallipolli.