Charles Frederick PLATT
Rank: Private
Number: 4018
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 1 August 1916
Age: 18
Cemetery: Dive Copse British Cemetery, Sailly-le-Sec, Somme, France

Charles was the son of Mr & Mrs William Henry Platt, 10 Terrace Place, Georges Road, Stockport. Until he enlisted in the army, in February 1915, he worked at Reddish Bleachworks.

It cannot be said with any certainty what happened to Charles but he cannot have been with the 6th Cheshires when he received his fatal wounds. They were miles away from the Somme battlefield at the time. It is known that, towards the end of July, a large draft of newly trained soldiers arrived in France from the reserve Battalion. Most joined the 1/6th as expected but, due to the mounting casualties since the opening of the Battle of the Somme, a number were diverted to other units. Some were definitely assigned to the 1/5th Royal Lancasters and others seem to have ended up with the 11th Cheshires.

It is not known which unit Charles was with, as both the 11th Cheshires and the Royal Lancaster's were in forward positions on 1 August. Charles was wounded and would have received attention from his unit's medical officer. He was in the process of being evacuated down the casualty chain when he died at a Main Dressing Station.

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