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Ruth was born in Wolverhampton on 20 July 1890, the daughter of Enoch Wesley and Anna Maria Bate. She was baptised on 9 October 1890 in Tettenhall. In 1891 they were living at 185 Tettenhall Road, together with Ruth’s sisters Kate, Harriet Ann, Dora Beatrice, and Nellie, and brother Enoch A. By 1911 they were at 72 Wood Road, Tettenhall, and Ruth had an additional sister, Winifred Alice, and two brothers, Harold Victor and Leonard Samuel. By this date, Ruth was a teacher in an elementary school.

In May 1915, Ruth enlisted as a nurse with the Red Cross, working at the V.A.D. Hospital in Tettenhall, and served until August 1917, a total of 900 hours. She married George Westerman in 1924 in Wolverhampton. She died on 9 October 1974, by which date her address was 23 Birches Barn Avenue, Wolverhampton, and the value of her effects was £7612.