RONNIE AND HILDA'S ROMANCE

Towards a new Life after World War II

by Wendy Williams 






On the recent 75th Anniversary of VE Day, we all saluted the brave young men such as Ronnie Williams, who gave the best years of their lives, and faced death daily, abroad in the British Army, to protect our Nation. However, even when the Second World War ended, life was not easy, either for soldiers still on active duty away, or for those trying to make ends meet at home.

In these troubled times of the Coronavirus epidemic, the period of austerity after World War II has become all the more relevant, as deprivation has become a way of life once more. 

This book is the true story of Ronnie and Hilda Williams, who met by chance aged 21 in Lancashire in November 1945 when Ronnie was home on his first leave after fighting in some of the most bitter campaigns of the Second World War in Italy.

With the uncertainty of the future and Ronnie’s obligation to return to active duty as a soldier abroad, Hilda and Ronnie took the ultimate leap of faith and became engaged after knowing each other for only ten days. Until Ronnie was demobbed in May 1947, their letters, over 250 of which remain, were their principal means of getting to know each other and form the main part of this heart-warming story.

These eloquent letters, which are in turn happy, sad, humorous, serious and informative, provide a fascinating and vivid glimpse of what life was like in the immediate post-War period, both for Ronnie, still suffering hardship in active service, and for Hilda in a Britain struggling to return to normality. 

Ronnie and Hilda’s Romance is a social and military history, a romance, and, above all, it is about hope for a new and better life after the long-awaited end of the Second World War.