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Emma Grant was born in West Bromwich in 1858. She married John Walter Brain in West Bromwich in 1882. At some point, the couple spent some time in the United States of America as their two children, Sarah E. and Joseph Henry, were born there. By 1901, they were living at 26 Webb Street, Sedgley, and had moved to Lansdowne, Penn, near Wolverhampton, by 1911.

During the First World War, Emma became a Committee Member of the Plumfields Red Cross Working Party, and there are two VAD cards for her on the Red Cross site. From 1916 until1919 she was involved with making garments, and the second card describes her as a “B.R.C.S. Workrooms EXPERT”.

Emma died in Wolverhampton in 1946 at the age of 87.