Derek joined the Auxiliary Units in 1940 at he age of 18. He recalled being issued with a black Commando knife and a revolver.
He married Mollie Hales at the end of 1944 just as Auxiliary Units were being stood down.
In 1997 after the Official Secrets Act was rescinded for Auxiliary Units activities, Derek Youngs tried to claim his Defence Medal, but was unable to prove his service and became part of a campaign to gain this recogniition for Auxiliers. This was responsible for the release of the Auxiliary Units Nominal Roll, which had been held by the Army Medal Office.
|Unit or location||Role||Posted from||until|
|Copdock Patrol||Patrol member||1940||03 Dec 1944|
Derek is buried in St Peters Churchyard in Copdock
TNA ref WO199/3389,
Evening Star 17 Dec 1996
East Anglian Daily Times 2 Sep 1997