Malvern College Second World War Casualty

Major Charles John Frederick Platt

House and time at Malvern: 3, 1921 - 1925.

Regiment: 3rd K.O. Hussars.
Died: 04 February 1943 aged 35 in Syria. Killed in train crash near Aleppo.
Cemetery: Aleppo War Cemetery 2. C. 1.

Son of A. J. F. Platt and Norah Platt, Barnby Manor, Newark.
House Prefect.
3rd King's Own Hussars. Lieutenant 1931.
2nd Gt. War, Major.
Husband of Daphne Victoria Platt, of Muirhouselaw, Roxburghshire.
Killed in Middle East, February 1943.

Inscription:
“DEAR HUSBAND OF DAPHNE, ONLY SON OF A.J.F.& N. PLATT. "HIS WAYS WERE WAYS OF GENTLENESS." R.I.P.”

Extract from Frank Wallbank's diary - a fitter in the regiment, February 1942
'On Wednesday the Aleppo-Pererat train had a head-on collision 80km out. 27 soldiers, including 3 officers and 4 men of ours being killed. Today, Sunday has been the big military funeral, each coffin on a 15cwt truck, travelling through the town, to the French cemetery. Five more fellows and myself were bearers to 'Stuka' King, the squadron's favourite. Among the killed was Major Platt, our squadron leader. Beside the grave a firing party of 21 men fired a volley and Joe Peters played 'The Last Post' reveille. A very good service all through.'

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