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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Menin Road South Military  Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
27 Dec 1885
Green Newton, Blackwell, Derbyshire, England
He was the son of Willam Platts and Eliza Platts (nee Truswell) the brother of Louise, James, William and John Platts, Edwin and Reuben Truswell and Edward North. In 1911 he lived at The Miners Arms Yard, Skegby with his wife Sarah Jane Platts (nee Beastall) and his son Walter born 1910. He had two daughters Hannah Elizabeth b.1914-d.1915 aged 1 and Gladys May born 20 March 1916 a month after her father was killed in action.
He was an underground haulage engine driver at Sutton Colliery, Stanton Hill, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England
15 Feb 1916
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96807 - CWGC Website
19512
117 Brand Lane, Stanton Hill, Skegby, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England
Private
12th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
12th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers) Was formed at Derby on 1st October, 1914, and became Army Troops attached to the 24th Division then stationed in the Shoreham Area. In April 1915, they became the Pioneer Battalion of the 24th Division and on the 29th August, 1915 they landed in France. It was this battalion which became famous for the production of the trench newspaper "Wipers Times" which it first began to print when in the Town of Ypres in Belgium in 1916. On the 11th November, 1918, they were still the Pioneer Battalion of the 24th Division and were at Le Louvion, East of Bavai.
My Great Grandfather Robert Platts enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) 12th Battalion. He was a Private No: 19512. He was killed in action in France & Flanders on the 15th February 1916 and was buried in Menin Road South Cemetery grave reference I C 9 He was awarded the Victory Medal. I have a copy of my Great Grandfathers Scroll and I am very proud of the sacrifice that he made for King and Country! His Great Grandaughter Debbie.
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Menin Road South Military  Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Robert Platts - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Menin Road South Military Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
  • I received this photograph of my Great Grandfather when I requested and paid for his Service Records from Crich Museum for Regimental Records.
    Robert Platts - I received this photograph of my Great Grandfather when I requested and paid for his Service Records from Crich Museum for Regimental Records.
  • Robert Platts War Death Scroll, courtesy of his great grand daughter Debbie Newman
    Robert Platts - Robert Platts War Death Scroll, courtesy of his great grand daughter Debbie Newman
  • Obituary 10 March 1916, courtesy of Debbie Newman
    Robert Platts - Obituary 10 March 1916, courtesy of Debbie Newman