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Blanche Crowe was born in Leeds in 1875. She married Thomas Edward Barnett in 1901, and they moved to 17 Oaks Crescent, Wolverhampton. Their household included a servant, Louisa Wrighton. The couple went on to have three daughters – Nancy Blanche, Margaret Elsie and Henrietta – between 1902 and 1909. By the family had moved to a house called Min-y-don in Tettenhall, and were joined by servants Mary Elizabeth Wedge, Sarah Lillian Jones and Florence Emily Price.

Between 8 March 1916 and 1 February 1919, Blanche served part-time as an expert in the British Red Cross Society’s workrooms, although it is not clear what her duties entailed. Blanche died in 1966 at the age of 81.