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Helen Rosamond Birch was born in Wolverhampton in 1896. In the 1901 census she was living with her family at a property called Ashleigh, in Finchfield, Bradmore, Upper Penn (although her name was switched around to be “Rosamond H.”). She was there together with her parents, John H. and Margaret Birch, sisters Violet M. and Nora F., and four servants, Caroline Morris, Laura Light, Mary Hough and Mary I. Batt.

On 28 March 1918, by which date her address was Sandford Hall, Claverley, she took up a position in the Prisoners of War Department in the Post Room, earning 30/-. Hence an entry for her appears in the card collection of Red Cross volunteers. Unfortunately we do not have any further details about Helen, and this is where the trail goes cold. I have not been able to find any record of a marriage for her, or her death, although as it is possible she moved away from the area this might be more difficult to track.

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