Born in Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, in 1895, Florence Hamer Bussey was the eldest daughter of school master John Bussey and his wife Margaret. They had 4 children, although one William Henry born in Birkenhead in 1898 died the same year. Florence (known as Florrie) had a brother John, who had been born in Birkenhead and a sister Alice Mary. Her mother, in 1911 was an elementary school teacher. She was living in Whitchurch with John and Alice Mary. On the night of the census her husband was not at home.
Florrie had moved to Oswestry and at 16 years old she was working for restaurant owner John Prendergast as a waitress in the Bull’s Head 3 Willow Street. She was one of three female servants Edith Thomas, cook and Annie Evans housemaid (both 22 years old). Florrie worked in the restaurant.
She married Edward Snowden from Bethnal Green in 1917. The marriage was registered in Ellesmere. Edward most likely joined the army in 1914 serving as a gunner 51012 2nd Bde RFA, Woolwich. He was discharged from the army 25 February 1919. For a time they were living at Salford whilst Edward was working as a tram driver. They had a son named William Henry born in 1926 in Salford. Edward died in 1947 and Florrie died in 26 April 1984 in Oldham.