Thomas PLATT
Rank: Private
Number: 36142
Unit: 12th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 31 March 1918
Age: 26
Cemetery: Karasouli Military Cemetery, Polikastron, Greece

Tom was born in Marple and lived in the village with his mother, Sarah and brother, Samuel. His father, John, had been killed some years before in a motorcycle accident. He had volunteered for the army during early 1916.

British troops were in Greece to engage the Bulgarian army. They had not seen the desperate fighting of the Western Front in France and Belgium and many of the casualties were from sickness. However, throughout most of 1917 and the early spring of 1918, the Cheshires were in the Doiran Sector in a position entirely dominated by the Bulgarian Army occupying high ground on "Pip Ridge". They suffered regular casualties from artillery fire.

The book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff contains further information, including a photograph, about Tom. The book indicates that, on 31 March, the Cheshires relived the 11th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, in front line positions. "Reliefs" were a favourite time for enemy artillery to shell the positions in the hope of catching large concentrations of troops. This day was no exception and three men, including Tom, were killed.

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