Derek, or Dickie as he was known to his friends, was a true Yorkshireman. He enlisted into the services in York in 1948.

Tpr D Hargreaves
Tpr D Hargreaves

After training with the 8th RTR at Catterick he joined the 8th King’s Royal Irish Hussars in 1949 and trained as a gunner. After training he was posted to ‘A’ Squadron and became the gunner in Capt Ian Hart’s Troop, serving with him throughout the Korean War.

Derek’s strong appearance would at times give the wrong impression to many, when deep inside he was a real gentle giant, very kind and always willing to help others.

He married Sarah after leaving the service in April 1955 and they had two daughters, Shirley and Janice, he was so proud of them both. Unfortunately, the marriage did have problems, however, they still remained good friends.

For a short period Derek worked as a warehouseman, he later joined the Company of British Sugar Cooperation, and eventually became a team leader.

At this time he met Felicity (Flip), who was working with him. They married and continued to work together, at a later date he was offered a post in management, but refused the post as he would have had to move location. They both continued to work for the company until his retirement.

Derek was a member of the York Working Men’s Club and made many friends, he will be sadly missed especially for his musical voice.

Derek was a loyal member of York Troop. He was always willing to partake in any functions that was arranged and first to offer his services. He never forgot his service days and was always keen to hear of any news of the Regiment and the comrades that he had served with.

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