Mrs Hilda Willing and Jack Weidman on the beach with pilot

Mrs Hilda Willing and boatmen

Mr. Packham (father), Hilda Willing, Jack Wiedman and pilot.

Mrs Hilda Willing. Swam from Shakespeare Beach on the 3rd September 1920 but did not get to France, finishing 6-8 miles from France after 10 hours 35 minutes (reported as 7h 44m in the Across the Straits Booklet).

Hilda was a war widow. Her husband was killed in 1916 at the Battle of Jutland, on Board the H.M.S. Indefatigable. She taught over 2000 ladies to swim.

 

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