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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.

On 11 November 1928, Helen Rosamond (also known as Anna) married Charles Dickson Oliver (Foley) Seropian OBE in Calcutta. Helen was 32 years old and Charles was 34 years of age. The couple divorced in London in 1933. Helen died 3 June 1985 and a few days later, on 25 June, she was buried at sea off St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Thanks to Sue Burns of the Claverley Memories Local History Society for some of the additional research on this post.