Hilda Perry

Hilda Perry  – married name Hilda Storer – was a member of the Baths along with several other members of her family.

Hilda Perry was born in 1875, the daughter of May Perry and Robert Perry and sister to Robert, Ethel, Alfred, and Ernest.

She lived at the family home at 11 Queen’s Terrace – later 67 West Princes Street – very close to the Arlington Baths Club, with which they were closely involved.

In the 1891 census both Hilda and her younger sister Ethel were staying with their grandmother Jane Sim, their aunt Kathleen Sim (May’s sister) and two other grandchildren called Mary Sim and Eric Johnstone at The Lodge in Rosneath.

She was a member of the Baths and Hilda and her sister appear regularly in the reports of the Ladies’ swimming galas at the Arlington Baths. For example, in 1889 Hilda competed in the 140 yards Fast Swimming Invitation Race and in the Dive and Catch Cork competition, finishing in second place in both of them.

At the time of the 1901 census both Hilda and Edith were on a visit to the Storer family at Dixie Lodge, in Wavertree in Lancashire: the family they were visiting were Jessie Storer (widow, age 55) and her children, Jane (33), Edward (23), and Alfred? (18), all born in Scotland.

In 1904 Hilda married Edward (full name Edward Dempster) Storer, on 29 September 1904 at St Mary’s Episcopal Church on Great Western Road. He was originally from Glasgow, born on 17 December 1877 at 48 French Street in Glasgow. Now the manager of an oil and colour works at 7 Victoria Park, Wavertree, Liverpool, he was the son of James Storer, a paint manufacturer, and Jessie M S Mills, married on 5 August 1868 in Pollokshields.

By 1911 Hilda and Edward had moved to Muckross House, in Clonakilty in County Cork in Ireland and had a one-year-old daughter – Hilda May – who was born in Ireland.

Edward Storer died on 27 Feb 1913 in Cork, his death notice describes his occupation as ‘Gentleman’, and his widow received £127 and 13 shillings on his death.

By 1918 she was back at the family home in West Princes Street. She was in the 1918 electoral roll for that address as Hilda M Storer with her mother May, who was listed as Jane Perry, and her sister Ethel, who was marked as an absent voter because she was on war service with the V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment). All three were entitled to vote in parliamentary, town council, parish and school board elections.

On 2 January 1919, her daughter Hilda May Storer joined the Arlington Baths, aged nine years old. Her aunt, Ethel, proposed her for entry and she was seconded by Frances A Crombie.

In September 1939 Hilda was living with Ethel Perry at 21 Rabling Road, Swanage in Dorset, a town to which her mother May had retired following her husband’s death. She was described as a widow, born 18 March 1875, with private means. She was also listed as being part of the ARP (Air Raid Precautions) ie an air raid warden in the Second World War.

We don’t know when she died.

Sources used:

  • ancestry.co.uk
  • findmypastco.uk
  • scotlandspeoplegov.uk
  • Arlington Baths Club archive in the Glasgow City Archives

If we find more information we shall update this page. If you have any more information please get in touch.

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