Hills, Miss Zetta (Lillian Annie)

Portsmouth Evening News 06 June 1949
Mrs Zetta Hills of 392 Commercial Road Portmouth age 52…former water cyclist, a lifeguard and nurse at the children’s bathing pool

Swims by Hills, Miss Zetta (Lillian Annie)

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  • Lillian and Sidney Norman met at Folkestone where they married in 1916. Sidney was a rigger diver and I suspect he may have been employed to work on Folkestone Harbour, one of the most important military ports on the Channel during the war. He certainly worked all over as a rigger diver, including Bermuda in the early 1930s, before settling at Plymouth. Sidney had been born in Wilcove, Cornwall, in 1896, son of the butler to the Spry family of Place House in nearby St. Anthony. He grew up at Ye Old Plough Boy Inn, Burraton, Saltash (now The Ploughboy), run by his mother and his step-father David Anning whom she married in 1906. Sidney died Keyham, Plymouth, Devon 1954. His executor was Sidney James Haimes.

    By Mark Frost (17/02/2019)
  • Lillian Annie Hills was my grandmother.
    I believe she performed swimming exhibitions on the peir (Folkstone?).
    Also at the great exhibition.
    She later went on to join Bostock and Womble managerie.
    In-between time she met and married my grandfather Norman Haimes of Saltash Cornwall.
    Does anyone know how Lillian became to be in Saltash in order to meet my grandfather, circa 1918.
    They had one child, my father Sidney. Sadly the couple separated when my father was two years old being left with his grandparents.
    I believe they kept a pub called the horse and groom.
    Lillian went on to Marry again and have a daughter.

    By Stephen Haimes (12/02/2019)

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