James Platt was born on the 26th September in Wrexham and at the age of 18 he joined the Railways as a porter at Shrewsbury Station moving up to Carman in Shrewsbury and then Wellington by 1901.
He had married Rachael Octavia Greaves in 1900 and in the 1901 census was living at Swan Yard, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury.
By the time of the 1911 census he had moved to 16 St John Street, Wellington and they had four young children. He had changed his employment and was then working as a van man for a grocery.
The newspaper cutting below shows at the time of his death he left behind his wife and eight young children.
Military Record including Regimental and Battalion Information
James Platt enlisted in February 1915 but his soldiers effects record seems to point to him not going overseas to fight.
This is likely to mean that Battalion he was in was the 2/1st which was formed as a Second-Line regiment and remained at home until July 1916 when it was converted into a Cyclist unit It moved to Ireland in early 1918.
The report of his death from Pneumonia above also mentions his return from Ireland on leave when he was taken ill.