122557 Gunner James Edward Platt.

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Royal Field Artillery.

Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 21 October 1918.

Platt was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnley Express of 17 July 1918 reported: - WELL MERITED MEDAL Burnley Gunner's Pluck. The Military Medal has been awarded to Gunner James Edward Platt (122557) of the Royal Field Artillery, and of 2, Stoney Street, Burnley for sustained acts of bravery. The official record reads, 'On the 15 June 1918, this gunner acted as a runner to the liason officer of the left battalion, and several times came through heavy shelling to group H.Q., bringing news of the front line situation after all wires had been cut. He volunteered to return every time although suffering from the effects of gas.

Gunner Platt who is 21 years of age, enlisted on the 8 January 1916 and went to France on 15 July that same year. Formerly he was employed at Cliviger Colliery. He has a brother who is serving in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Picture by kind permision of Mike Townend, archivist of Burnley Borough Council, Towneley Hall, Burnley.