Frances Woodsford was born in 1913. She was exceptionally bright at school but her father's death interrupted the prospects of an academic career. She left school to work as a secretary, to help provide for the family during the Depression. When the war ended she took a position as secretary in the Public Baths Department of Bournemouth Town Council, where she worked for the duration of her correspondence with Mr Bigelow. She continued to work for the Council until her retirement in 1974; her final position was as archivist. Extraordinarily, in 2006, Frances's letters to Mr Bigelow came to light and were returned to her. Frances never married. She continues to live in Bournemouth, aged 95.