Horace PLATT
Rank: Private
Number: 18100
Unit: 20th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 July 1916
Age: 19
Cemetery: Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France

Horace was born in Marple and is thought to have lived all his life there until he enlisted into the army in the closing weeks of 1914. The family home was at Lockside in the village. As with many young men, he had furthered his education by attending the Sunday School run by the local Congregational Church. In those days, Sunday Schools were a valued addition to the education system which went beyond religious teaching. He was also a member of the Marple Recreation Club and its gymnasium. Horace was another employee of Goyt Mill who went to war and did not come back.

When he joined up at Manchester, he was assigned to No. 9 Platoon which was part of "C" Company and almost certainly remained with the Company throughout his service. The 20th Battalion was the fifth of the "Pals" battalions raised by the Manchester Regiment in the autumn of 1914. Click here for some details of the recruitment and training period.

In November 1915, the Battalion was deemed ready and Horace and his comrades left Britain to go on active service to France. He was killed seven months later on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Further information about Horace, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff.

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