LETTER: On the trail of British heroine

I have been researching the life and times of Dolly Shepherd, born in Potters Bar in 1886 and who died in 1983.

I found out from her now out of print autobiography, When the Chute Went Up, that she has an Eastbourne connection and I do hope one day to find a way to have this book re-published both in hard/paperback and electronically.

Mrs E Sedgwick, as she would have been known when she lived in Eastbourne, had a daughter and having read the Herald article on your website about Miss Molly Sedgwick, who performed a parachute jump to raise money for various local causes and charities, I wondered if any reader could supply information on Dolly Shepherd (Mrs E Sedgwick).

The forgetting of Dolly Shepherd is rather sad. Only a select few know of this British heroine and pioneering Edwardian lady parachutist who is also the Guinness World Record holder for the first mid-air rescue.

Debra Wallace

Herts (0784 779 8634 / debrafide@hotmail.co.uk)

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