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Mary Susanna Pothan was born in Wellington, Shropshire, in 1854, and was baptised Mary Jane Pothan at Wroxter in 1859. She married John Caddick in Wolverhampton in 1885, and the couple went on to have seven children – George Henry, Elizabeth Susan, Fred, Mary Lilian, Frank, Ethel, and Annie. Annie was born on 14 September 1902. The family were living at 8 Gordon Street, Wolverhampton in 1911.

Both women served with the British Red Cross during the First World War, serving in the workrooms at Gresham Chambers. They were engaged on 15 March 1918, and worked until 1 February 1919. By this date, Mary was living at 138 Court Road and Annie was living at 204 Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton.

Mary died in Wolverhampton in 1935. Annie married Edward W. Ford in Wolverhampton in 1932, and the couple had a son, Alan E., born in Wolverhampton in 1933. Annie died in Wolverhampton in 1975.