Derek Preston, the son of William and Ethel Mary Preston, Bingley, Yorkshire, enlisted into the General Service Corps and volunteered for airborne forces in 1945.
Pte Preston undertook parachute training course B184 from 9 November to 26 December 1945 at RAF Ringway. The course report states: ‘Good, cheerful and confident. Very good stick leader.’ Private Preston went to the Holding Battalion and was later posted to the 2nd Parachute Battalion.
L/Cpl Preston died aged 20 years in Palestine on 25 October 1947 when the lorry he was travelling in collided with another military vehicle. He is now buried in Khayat Beach War Cemetery, Israel.
NB Pte Woodward who died in the same accident was also on course B184.