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Annie Allen was born in Wolverhampton in 1899, the daughter of Walter and Mary Allen. In 1901, she appeared with her family at 22 Graisley Passage. Along with her parents, she was joined by her sister Alice Maud, brother Henry, and a visitor, William Turner. Between 1902 and 1914 Annie and her brother and sister were in and out of the Cottage Homes in Wednesfield as her parents were either in prison or in the workhouse. On 25 June 1914 she was finally discharged from the Cottage Homes at the age of 15 when she got a situation with Mrs J. H. Sawyer, Moonstone, Waterloo Road.

Annie appears in the British Red Cross records, because she served at Sandon Hall Auxiliary Hospital, near Stafford, as a nurse, for four weeks between 13 October and 10 November 1916. Her address at that time was given as St John’s Vicarage, Wolverhampton. It is possible that she was in service at the vicarage.

After the war, Annie married a William E. Wakelam in Wolverhampton in 1926. I have not been able to find a record of her death, or of any children resulting from this marriage.

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