Hilda was born in 1896 and lived at Derwen Deg in Oswestry with her father John (1852), a Railway Station Auditor, her mother Priscilla (1856) and three siblings – John Harold (1891), Silburn (1894) and Norman (1897). Silburn went on to become a Mechanical Engineer and John Harold was a Clerk.
Hilda joined the Shropshire 24 VAD but soon transferred to the Shropshire 40 VAD to work at Pentre Pant. She worked 10 hours a week as a nurse. Hilda worked as a VAD from April 1918 to December 1919.