Fern Louise White

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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.

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