David Fitzherbert was born in Derbyshire in 1918 and throughout his life remained fiercely proud of his heritage.

Educated at Charterhouse, he joined the R.H.A. on the outbreak of war and served with 1 R.H.A. in N. Africa and Italy where he gained a well-deserved Military Cross.

In 1950 he transferred to the 7th Hussars and served with them in Germany, England and Hong Kong. He was a keen sportsman whose passion was riding.

A bold jockey whose determination on indifferent horses brought about some spectacular and crushing falls. It was in Germany that his Squadron, with uncanny foresight, nicknamed him “The Good Shepherd”.

On retirement, he spent a short time in the Estate Office of the Duke of Rutland and then following in his father’s footsteps went into the Church and was ordained in 1963.

He married Charmian Allsop, the sister of a Brother Officer and settled at Dennington in Suffolk devoting his life to the welfare of his parish. The large number at his funeral spoke of the love and respect in which he was held by all.

We extend our deep sympathy to his wife Charmian and her four children.

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