Welcome to the Ackworth and Pontefract Branch of The Royal British Legion
FERN LOUISE WHITE
Fern White was well known to the people of Pontefract as the
young lady, smartly dressed in her Parachute Regiment Number One
Dress Uniform, leading her pony 'Brummy,' in the annual Remembrance
Day Parade. Sadly the parade held in 2011 was to be the last
time we would have the pleasure of seeing Fern at her place at the
head of the parade, for shortly after Remembrance Day 2011, Fern
was to lose her life following a tragic accident in her home.
On Sunday, 13th May the Airborne Forces Day at Hardwick
Hall in Nottinghamshire commemorated 70 years since the formation
of The Parachute Regiment. A main feature of the day was to
dedicate a new blanket for 'Brummy,' newly promoted to Sergeant
Hardwick. Fern would have been so proud to see her pony so
honoured, but sadly it was not to be. Instead the pony was
led by an old friend of Fern's, Miss Milli Carr. Milli had
never taken part in a parade before but carried off the occasion
with a quiet dignity that would surely have pleased Fern.
One photograph shows Fern with Brummy and three photographs are
of Milli with Brummy (Sgt Hardwick), with his newly dedicated
blanket. There is a tribute to Fern in the form of fern
leaves on the blanket.