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Sarah was born Sarah Ann Sudworth in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire on 8 July 1860, the daughter of Mary and William Sudworth. She married William Clarke on 18 April 1888 at Holy Trinity Church, Rugby. By 1911 they were living at 66 Showell Road, Bushbury, Wolverhampton, with their two sons, Claude William and Selwyn Vernon. Claude was working as a motor car engine fitter, and Selwyn was working as an apprentice doing body making for motor cars.

From November 1915 until February 1919, Sarah served the British Red Cross, working from home for the Bushbury Work Party No. 1448, making garments. She was awarded the V.W. Badge. By 1939, William and Sarah were living at 146 Showell Road. Sarah died in Wolverhampton in 1943.

Selwyn was born on 5 February 1895 in Cannock. On 10 December 1915, Selwyn enlisted in the C Company of the Royal Engineers (number 167430). His trade by then was given as wheeler or wheelwright. He served in Salonika, and succumbed to malaria, but did survived the war, and was disposed of and posted home in November 1919. He married Esther Whitehouse in Cannock in 1920, and the couple had three children – Ronald C. (1920), Joyce (1922) and Raymond W. (1923). By 1939, he was living  at 5 Beech Road, Oxley, Wolverhampton, and was working as a coach body builder. Esther died in 1952, and Selwyn re-married to Ellen E. Atkinson in Wolverhampton in 1953. Selwyn died on 6 April 1973 and the value of his effects was £7812.