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  • ID: I3961
  • Name: John Rookhurst Platt
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 15 MAY 1890 in Oldham
  • Death: 27 MAR 1916 in Hill 60, Ypres, Killed In Action
  • Note:
    In 1891 he was living with his parents, sister and 12 servants at Platts Lodge, Werneth Park, Oldham:
    Samuel Platt, 45, Head, Mechanical Engineer, born Oldham
    Helen Platt, 28, Wife, Ireland
    Alice Platt, 5, Daughter, Oldham
    John Platt, 0, Son, Oldham
    Eliza Grainger, 41,House Keeper, Southwick, Sussex
    Emma Clarke, 28, Housemaid, Chester
    Lizzie Hiden, 23, Housemaid, Evesham, Worcestershire
    Ellen Banks, 22, Kitchen Maid, Ashburton, Herefordshire
    Emma Heath, 21, Housemaid, Clifton, Staffordshire
    Ella Wargent, 18, Scullery Maid, Newtown, Herefordshire
    Ellen Smith, 16, Laundry Maid, Clifton On Teme, Worcestershire
    Edith Swann, 21, Housemaid, Middlesex, London
    Mary Northover, 17, Nurse Maid, Warminster, Wiltshire
    Frank Elwis, 25, Footman, Finningley, Nottinghamshire
    Ellen Johnstone, 27, Ladies Maid, Berwick On Tweed, Northumberland
    Mary Colling, 23, Nurse, Tavistock, Devonshire

    In 1901 aged 10 he was a boarder at Manor House School, in Cheam, Epsom, Surrey.

    In 1902 on the 5th September, his father, Samuel Radcliffe Platt who was the head of Platt Bros a large Textile Machine Company in Oldham, died aged 52.

    From April 1904 until July 1909, he was at Eton in Mr. Tatham?s house. Although he won none of the major subject prizes, he consistently won prizes for his performance in Trials (end of term exams) and holiday tasks, as well as getting three distinctions in Trials. He ended up as Captain of the Oppidans, the senior non-Scholar in the school, and was a member of the Eton Society (Pop).

    In 1911 he was at Oxford University and his mother and sister were living at Youlston Park (23 rooms), Shirwell, Barnstaple, Devonshire:
    Helen May Platt, Head, 48, Private Means, born Carrigaline Cork
    John Rookhurst Platt, Son, 20, Oxford Undergraduate, born Oldham
    Nancy Quinelda Platt, Daughter, 15, School, born Chester Cheshire
    Evelyn Radcliffe, Sister, 52, Carrigaline Cork
    Frank Vivian Radcliffe, Nephew, 25, Land Agent, Oldham Lancs
    Theodore Michael Roberts, Visitor, 57, Examiner To Civil Service Commission and Co, born Dublin
    Mathilde Lemhardt, Governess, 38, Stuttgart, Nationality German
    Ellen Wherton, 42, Housemaid, Clay Cross Derbyshire
    Emma Ellston, 27, Housemaid, Halwill N Devon
    Edith Bale, 17, Housemaid, Bratton Fleming Devon
    Edith Mounty, 17, Kitchen Maid, Witham Ricing Somersetshire
    Albert Smith, 15, Scullery Boy, Barnstaple N Devon
    Ernest Lewis, 15, Pantry Boy, Newport Wales
    Ellen Ackroyd, 26, Ladies Maid, Enfield Middlesex
    Sarah Gregory, 48, Ladies Maid, Stoke Staffordshire
    William Worth, 18, Garden Boy, East Down Devon
    Florence Callaghan, 24, Parlour Maid, Clobelly N Devon

    In the First World War he was a Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery, 3rd (Northumbrian) Bde, and was killed in action on 27 March 1916 by shell fire on Hill 60, near Ypres, aged 25.
    He is buried at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Belgium. Grave Ref: III. E. 13.

    Probate record:
    Platt, John Rookhurst of Youlston Park near Barnstaple, Devonshire died 27 March 1916 in Belgium from wounds received in action. Probate London 16 June to Joseph Platt Hall electrical engineer, Samuel Roberts Radcliffe major His Majesty's Army and Eric George Claydon solicitor. Effects 234559 8s. 3d.

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    John Rookhurst Platt

    Photo from IWM (HU 117034)

    John Rookhurst Platt biography including war record

    Memorial on family grave at Chadderton Cemetery

    Will of John Rookhurst Platt

  • Change Date: 16 JUN 2016 at 19:46:36

    Father: Samuel Radcliffe Platt b: 1 JUL 1845 in Oldham, Lancashire, England
    Mother: Helen May Roberts b: 22 MAR 1863

    1. Title: Pedigree of the Platt Family by J.P. Hall
      Author: Joseph Platt Hall
      Abbrev: Joseph Platt Hall
      Abbrev: Pedigree of the Platt Family by J.P. Hall
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