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Mrs Agnes Louisa Baker served with the Red Cross during the First World War as part of the “Tettenhall Working Party”. She served from 24 October 1917 until 11 December 1918, during the course of which she attended 40 out of a possible 51 meetings.

She was born Agnes Louisa Cox in Wolverhampton on 27 August 1859, the daughter of printer Benjamin Franklin and Caroline Cox. She was baptised at St John’s Church on 25 September 1859. In 1883 she married William Pearce Baker. By 1901 the couple were living at 188 Clifton Road, Tettenhall, together with their two sons, William and Douglas, a Governess Ada Bradney, and servants Fanny Mann and Harriet Lockley. By 1911 they were at Avenue House, Tettenhall, with sons William Horace James, Arthur Franklin and Douglas Pearce, a companion (Maria Hartell Walker), and servant, Sarah Carter.

The details of what Agnes did during the war are not recorded on her Red Cross card. There is an Agnes L. Baker who died in Christchurch in 1923 at the age of 63, and, given the dates, this is presumed to be the same woman.

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