Born: 1880, Trowse, Norwich, Norfolk.

Died: 1st May 1917; age 39; Died of Wounds – No. 41 Casualty Clearing Station.

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 left elbow.

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 A. Platten, 2, born Norwich.


1891   Sewerage Work Yard, Norwich.


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

Samuel, 44, an Assistant to a Fitter.

Cecilia, 43.

Cecilia, 18, a 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.

Harriet, 21.


Frederick’s mother Cecilia Platten, died 1902, Norwich, Norfolk.


In 1914, West Ham, Essex, Frederick married Harriet Elizabeth Bunn, born 1890, Ipswich. They had 2 children:

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

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


Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment battalion movements


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