Born: 1880, Trowse-with-Newton, Norfolk.

Baptised: 12th June 1881, at St. Andrew’s Church, Trowse-with-Newton. Parents: Cecilia & Samuel Platten, a labourer.

Died: 1st May 1917; age 39; died from a Shell Wound to the Chest at No. 41 Casualty Clearing Station. Frederick was wounded on the 28th April 1917.

Evening Star – Tuesday, 3rd July 1917 – IPSWICH SERGEANT’S DEATHMrs. Harriet Platten, of 20, Hill Street, Ipswich, has received information of the death from wounds received in action of her husband, Sergeant Frederick Platten, Suffolk Regiment. In a letter Captain and Adjutant H. F. Vinden says: – “I deeply regret, to inform you that Sergeant Platten was badly wounded on the 28th April in the chest by a shell. He was immediately removed to a Field Ambulance, and later to a Casualty Clearing Station. I would like to add that everything was done for his comfort, and appreciation in which he was held by the Commanding Officer and all ranks of the Battalion for his high qualities as a soldier.

Residence: 20, Hill Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Location: Norwich, Norfolk; Date: 28th September 1897; Age: 18 years & 2 months; Occupation: Labourer. Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 4 6/4 ins, complexion-fresh, eyes-grey, hair-flaxen. Cicatrix on the left elbow. Next-of-Kin: father – Samuel Platten, of 1, Sewerage Yard, Trowse.

Discharged – Termination of Period of Engagement – 27th September 1909 – Served 12 years.


Re-Enlistment Location: Canning Town, Essex.

Date of Entry Therein: 3rd August 1915 – France.


Rank: Acting Sergeant; Service Number: 20125

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

Formerly 4719, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star. Frederick served in the South African Campaign and was awarded The Queen’s South African Medal + 3 Clasps & The King’s South African Medal + 2 Clasps.


Grave Reference:


Duisans British Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Samuel & Cecilia Platten, of Norwich, Norfolk; Husband of Harriet E. Day (formerly Platten), of 14, Alfred Street, Ipswich.




1881   Trowse Street, Trowse, Norfolk.


Frederick was 7 months old and living with his parents & siblings.

Samuel Platten, 34, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Cecilia Platten (nee Banham), 33, born Norwich.

Samuel John Platten, 11, born Norwich.

Cecilia Platten, 8, born Norwich.

William Platten, 6, born Norwich.

Martha Elizabeth Platten, 4, born Norwich.

Margaret Mary Ann Platten, 2, born Norwich.


1891   Sewerage Work Yard, Norwich.


Frederick was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Samuel, 44, Assistant to a Fitter.

Cecilia, 43.

Cecilia, 18, Mustard Maker.

William, 16, an Iron Man.

Martha, 14.

Margaret, 12.

Alice Maud Platten, 8, born Norwich.

May Rosa Platten, 5, born Norwich.

Amelia Nellie Platten, 3, born Norwich.

Albert Platten, 2, born Norwich.


1911   13, Evelyn Road, Victoria Docks, West Silvertown, Essex.


Frederick was 30 years old, a General Labourer – Rubber Factory. He was married and head of the household.

Harriet, 21.


Frederick’s mother Cecilia Platten died suddenly on Wednesday, 5th February 1902, at her home Sewerage Yard, Trowse. Inquest held on Thursday, 6th February at the Pine Apple Tavern, Trowse. A week later, Frederick’s father, Samuel Platten was found hanging by a rope, which had been fastened to a beam in one of the pumping rooms at the Trowse Pumping Station where Samuel was employed as an assistant engineer. An inquest was held on Friday, 21st February at the Pine Apple Tavern, Trowse. Police-constable Miller stated that he found £4 5/11 ½, and a gold wedding ring in Samuel’s pockets. Cecilia and Samuel had married in 1869, the Jury returned a verdict that the sudden death of Cecilia had considerably upset him.


In 1914, in West Ham, Essex, Frederick married Harriet Elizabeth Bunn, born 1890, Ipswich – daughter of Thomas Bunn, a dock labourer, and Emmeline Mary Bunn (nee Doggett), of 22, Potter Street, Ipswich.


Harriet and Frederick had two children:

Alice Elizabeth May Platten, born October, 1911, West Ham, Essex.

Frederick John Platten, born April 1914, West Ham, Essex.


Soldiers’ Effects to Harriet E. Day – widow.


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