Sarah, husband Ned, and children Larry, Joe and Alice, lived in a one-room tenement in Inkerman Street before moving to Coronation Street. All of them worked at Hardcastle's Mill but Ned was also an embalmer and cheap coffin maker, and Sarah a midwife who carried out abortions and so they were a great asset to their neighbours.
Both Buck sons survived the war but the women did not fare so well; in 1915 Alice fell pregnant by Vic Piggott and carried the baby to term, despite Sarah's pleas to let her abort it. Ned endured the situation for a week before throwing Alice and baby Ben out on the street. In 1919, Sarah died from alcohol poisoning.