1902 Times Obituary
Mr Samuel Radcliffe Platt, head of the engineering firm of Messrs Platt Brothers, Oldham, died on Saturday on board his yacht the Norseman in Menai Straits off Bangor after an operation. The second son of the late Mr J Platt MP, of Werneth-park, Oldham, he was born in 1844, and served the shrievalty of Lancashire in 1897. Mr Platt was appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1878; he was also Knight of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, of which Order his widow, Helen, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Roberts, of Renny, county Cork is a Lady of Grace.
The following was recorded in the "Highland News" a Scottish newspaper of September 13, 1902:
Death of Mr S. R. Platt Mr Samuel R. Platt, head of the engineering firm of Messrs Platt Brothers, Oldham, an ex-High Sheriff of Lancashire, died on Saturday on his yacht, the Norseman, in Menai Straits, off Bangor, after an operation. Mr Platt was head of the great machine-making firm of Platt Brothers & Co. (Limited), of Oldham, and had been for a quarter of a century at least the first townsman of his native borough, as well as one of the leading men in Lancashire commercial life. Deceased was a brother of Mr Joe A. Platt of Eishken, and was well known in Stornoway, which he frequently visited in his magnificent yacht, the Norseman.
Good mechanical ability. Became in 1872 youngest chairman in firm's history.
Doubled number of employees from 6000 in 1872 to 12000 in 1902.
In First World war the firm converted its oprations to the manufacture of munitions, but Platt family suffered loss of 4 members of rising generation.