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Ada Beatrice Barber was born in West Bromwich in 1871. In 1893, she married Walter Thomas Bantock in King’s Norton, and by 1901 they were living at The Foxlands, in Penn. They appeared here together with Ada’s son, Munro Bantock (born in 1899), a visitor, Jessie Payton, and six servants – Sarah Ann Roberts, Hannah Bentley, Nellie Nalley, Selina Dance, Mary Matthews and John Evans. Ada is here listed as “Ann B. Bantock”. They are at the same address in 1911, together with visitor Margaret Duncalfe and servants Sarah Annie Hoxchin, Emily Ludge, Mary Ellen Hay Cox and Florrie Ayers. Her son was presumably away at school by this date, as there does not appear to be a record of his death.

From 8 March 1916 until August 1917, she served part-time in the B.R.C.S. Workrooms (presumably British Red Cross Society) in Stafford, and it states in brackets that she was an “Expert”. She does not appear to have had any further children. Ada died in Stroud, in Gloucestershire, in 1953.

 

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