Mrs Willing testing the water temperature with her father, Weidman behind

Mrs Willing

Mrs Hilda Willing with father George Peckham. 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). The other swimmer is Jack Weidman

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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