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Private William Henry Platt

Service No.:
2017
Unit:
7th Battalion
Tree No.:
N213
Planted by:
Mrs C Platt (Mother)
Image of plaque on tree N213 for William Platt
See Notes (1)
Image of Service Medal - 1914-15 Star Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal

William was born at Blakeville, VIC in 1889 to Charles Henry Platt and Annie Foss. William had a brother, Charles, who is also remembered in the Avenue.

William was a labourer and gave his address as Bacchus Marsh, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF, 5th Reinforcements, 7th Battalion on the 11th of January 1915, aged nearly 26. He embarked aboard the HMAT A20 Hororata in April, disembarking in Egypt some time later.

In June 1915 William joined his unit at Gallipoli. During the Battle for Lone Pine William was wounded - service record states, neck and leg, he states it was his jaw and side(3) - and evacuated back to Alexandria, Egypt and then to England where he was admitted to the King George Hospital, London - while there he witnessed a German Zeppelin attack(2). In January 1916 be embarked from England for his return home, disembarking in Egypt three weeks later and admitted to the 21st General Hospital, Alexandria - gunshot wound to the chest - before embarking aboard the Suffolk, from Suez, a week later, returning to Australia in early March and was discharged from the AIF in late July. On the 21st of July A PUBLIC WELCOME will be tendered(5) at the Mechanics' Institute, Bacchus Marsh which he would probably have attended.

William died in Brighton, VIC in 1955, aged 66.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh.

Notes

  1. A soldier's letter from The Bacchus Marsh Express 24 Jul 1915 states he was a Corporal.
    His service record makes no mention, so he was either only an Acting Corporal or he reverted to the ranks when he was wounded.
  2. A soldier's letter from The Bacchus Marsh Express 13 Nov 1915
  3. A soldier's letter from The Bacchus Marsh Express 11 Dec 1915
    There is a description of his part in the Battle of Lone Pine.
  4. A soldier's letter from The Bacchus Marsh Express 19 Feb 1916
  5. The Bacchus Marsh Express 21 Jul 1917

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Last updated by lee, Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:33:08