Born 5th May 1894, the third of four children and only surviving son of Thomas and Edith Palmer of Brough, East Yorkshire. A Shipping Clerk by trade he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in January 1915 joining the 10th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, ‘The Commercials’, 1st Hull Pals where he soon became a firm favourite with his men.
Derek was crouched with Lieutenant Spink during the bombardment of the front line trenches at Englebelmer in the small hours of 4th June 1916. A shell exploded almost on top of them blowing Spink to pieces and burying Derek alive. He suffocated before anyone could dig him free. Terrifying to even contemplate let alone endure.
Derek W.O Palmer is buried in Bertrancourt Military Cemetery and commemorated on the Elloughton war memorial and brass tablet in the Parish Church; he was 22 years old.