Emily Mary Beardmore, known as May, was born on October 29th 1878 in Burslem.

May married Sydney Denny Marsden (born July 1879) in Conway, Caernarvonshire in April 1905 . One of Sydney’s sisters Maud was married to Arnold Bennett’s brother Septimus.

May and Sydney’s daughter Joan was born in 1908.

Sydney Marsden was a Lance Corporal in the North Staffordshire Regiment. He was killed in France on October 13th 1915. He is buried in Nord-Pas-de-Calais.

May died on May 14th 1945.