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This post has been prepared by one of our volunteers, Ann Eales.

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Mrs Elizabeth Ann Addison appears on the Red Cross website with the following details:

Forename: Elizabeth Ann

Surname: Addison

Address: 3a Worcester Cottages, Shaw Rd., Bushbury,

Date of engagement:11/1915

Date of termination:02/1919

Particulars of duties: Garments made.

Whole or part time: Home Worker

Additional information: Bushbury Working Party. Reg. No.1448.

Commission: Staffs

Certificate no: N/A

Honours awarded: V.W. Badge

Further details about her work for the Bushbury Working Party Registered Number 1448 have not come to light. It would be interesting to know if she was paid, as she was widowed in 1913, and had a family to bring up. I think that she must have been, to enable her and her family to survive.

The marriage of an Elizabeth Ann Wolverson to Ernest Arthur Addison is recorded at Wolverhampton in the quarter ended December 1892, and this would appear to be the same woman.

Elizabeth A Addison age 31 appears on the 1901 Census at South Street Bushbury, born at Stafford Wolverhampton, living with her husband, also age 31 and an Electrical Worker, also born at Stafford Wolverhampton, and their 3 children, all born at Stafford Wolverhampton, Elizabeth A age 7, Edith A age 6, and Elsie A age 2. Also included in the household are Charlotte Addison, born at Wednesbury, Mother of Ernest Arthur, a widow age 75, Charlotte L Addison born at West Bromwich age 45 Ernest’s sister reported to have been deaf and dumb from childhood, Albert L, Ernest’s brother, a widower age 37 and also an Electric Worker, born at Wolverhampton and Clara age 12, Alice B age 9 and William age 8 all born at Wolverhampton and the nieces/nephew of Ernest. With 11 people living there, it was a large household.

Elizabeth Ann Addison age 41 appears on the 1911 Census, born at Bushbury, living at 8 Showell Road Bushbury, with her husband Ernest Arthur, also age 41 and an Electrical Wire Runner, born in Wolverhampton, and their 4 children, all born at Bushbury, Elsie Adelaide age 12, Albert Edward age 6, Ivy age 3 and William age 1. Also recorded is that they had been married 18 years, and that there had been 8 children born to the couple, 2 of whom had died.

The death of Elizabeth Ann’s husband E A Addison at the age of 43, was registered at Cannock in the quarter ended March 1913. Elizabeth Ann Addison died at the age of 86 in Wolverhampton, as recorded in the quarter ended September 1956.

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