Palmer, Derek William Onslow


The only son of Thomas William Palmer and Edith Fiennes Palmer of Brough, Yorkshire, on his mother’s side he could claim to be Founder’s Kin. He came to Winchester from Mr. Brooksbank’s school at Aysgarth but left after two years. The College records do not say why he left early or what he did before his commission in 1914.

He was gazetted on August 29th 1914, to the East Yorkshire Regiment and late in the following year sailed for Egypt. They were ordered to France in February 1916, and Palmer was killed in the front line trenches at Bertrancourt on 4th June 1916. David Bilton’s “The Trench”, published by Pen & Sword in 2002, states that Palmer was “the most popular officer in the battalion” and that he was buried alive and suffocated to death.

His mother, living at Magdala House, Beverley, received the following telegram on June 7th 1916: Deeply regret to inform you that Lieut. D.W.O. Palmer 10th East Yorks Regt. was killed in action June 4th. The Army Council express their sympathy. On June 12th Palmer’s personal effects were forwarded home: 3 Rings. Gold. 1 Gold Cigarette case. 1 Silver Brandy Flask. 1 Pencil. Gold case. 2 Photographs. 1 Regimental brooch and pendant in case. 1 Pencil. 1 Pocket Medicine Case. Laurels. 1 Small pocket case contg. 7 Photos 2 Cuff Links Gold locket & Chain Receipt for insurance premium Letters 1 Webley Revolver No. 173789

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Palmer
  • Forenames or initials: Derek William Onslow
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1908-1910
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: East Yorkshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 5th May 1894
  • Date of Death: 4th June 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: BERTRANCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY: Grave I.C.1