Douglas Platt – Naval Hawke Division

Douglas Platt was born 10th August, 1897 in Staveley, Derbyshire to parents George Thomas Platt a coal miner and Ellen Louise nee Sawyer.  His siblings were Hilda (b.1900), Wilfred (b.1902), Harold (b.1903) and Elsie (b.1906).

Douglas was admitted to the Eckington Central Board School (later becoming Eckington Council Infants)  on the 9th September 1901 then on 26th February 1904 he transferred to the Boys School.

Douglas joined the Royal Navy on 1st June 1915 and at the time was living at 2 Sheffield Road, Warmsworth  with his widowed father George. On the 30th August, 1915 he was drafted from the 4th Batln Depot to the 2nd Res. Batln Blandford

On the 5th December 1915 Douglas disembarked from the HMT Arcadian with the Hawke Division In Alexandria.  (The Hawke Division, a part of the British Royal Naval Division made up of Royal Navy personnel who instead of serving aboard a ship, fought on land alongside the army).

Later on the 23rd May 1916 Douglas disembarked in Marseilles.  Douglas was admitted to 149 Field Ambulance hospital on 16th February 1917 with influenza ,  and in the following year on 15th March 1918 he was admitted to hospital in Etretat after being gassed.

Douglas was severely wounded on the 28th August, 1918 (admitted to Rouen) when he received a gunshot wound to the scalp and  on the left side of his chest, with his next of kin (his father) being informed as his condition worsened  becoming dangerously ill, showing no improvement by the 27th September 1918.  But by the 7th October, 1918 Douglas started to improve being no longer seriously ill and was transferred to the Southern General Hospital in Bristol on the 17th October, 1918.

In March 1919 following a medical inspection at Plymouth and as a result of the gunshot wound to the chest Douglas had a degree of 40% disability and recommended for discharge.  Douglas was invalided out of service on the 16th April 1919, and on the 27th May, 1920 received the King’s Certificate on Discharge, also the 1914-15 Star, the Victory and British Medals.

In 1939 Douglas was working as a Butler at Oswaldkirk Hall, Helmsley, North Yorkshire and was single at the time.

He retired to Bournemouth and died on 26th February, 1987 in Poole, Dorset.

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