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WHITE, John

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WHITE, John, Lt-Col

Died on 22 July 2019

John White was born in Pinner on 1st July 1935 and educated at Tonbridge School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he was a Senior Under Officer and in the 1st XV and 1st VIII for rowing.

Commissioned into The Buffs in 1956, at 21, he held several appointments in this regiment and, following amalgamations, in the Queen’s Own Buffs and the Queen’s Regiment, serving in the UK including Northern Ireland, Germany and many of the now former British colonies. After attending the Army Staff College Camberley in 1968 he filled a number of staff posts, finishing his active soldiering as British Liaison Instructor at the Ecole Superieure de Guerre, Paris, as a Lieutenant Colonel, before retiring in 1984.

From 1984 to 1995 he worked in his Regimental Headquarters in Canterbury as a ‘Retired Officer’ and was instrumental in the formation of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. Among his other activities, he was a volunteer Steward and a Guide in Canterbury Cathedral, at one time President of the local Royal British Legion branch and a member of his Regimental Association. In addition to his family, his main interests were the history of The Buffs, Canterbury Cathedral, motoring and caravanning in France, gardening and walking.

The youngest son of the late Russell White, the first Bishop of Tonbridge, he was married in 1960 to Gunvor (Jill) from Sweden. He is survived by Jill and his two children, Kim and Simon, and six grandchildren.

(WH 1948 - 1953)

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