The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Norman Willis
- Nick Name:
- Sergeant (Promoted on 7.2.1942)
- Regimental #:
- 'E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion
- Place of Birth:
- Bunbury, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Herbert Sleath Platts
- Mothers's Name:
- Ethel Jane Platts (nee Maslin)
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Water Engineer
- Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 135, Age 31.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action
- Place of Death:
- South‐West Bukit Timah
- Date of Death:
NCO pulled Lieutenant J. Till back after he was wounded at South-West Bukit Timah.
(Lieutenant Till, wounded in the shoulder was pulled back to a position where his wounds could be treated. It is believed that in the confusion of the ambush and during withdrawal from the area that Lieutenant Till came across some more Japanese. His body was discovered at the crossing of a creek and Reformatory Road at Map Reference 763139 by the burial party led by Major Bert Saggers from Sime Road Camp on 21.12.1942.)
Platts was killed in action 11th February 1942, just four months after enlisting 6th October 1941. Norm was 31 years of age.
Norm Platts was the second son born to Herbert and Ethel Platts in Bunbury. Herbert and Ethel Platts had a large family. Norman’s younger brother Richard Sleath Platts born in 1916 also enlisted. Richard WX5686 joined 2/16th Battalion. He died 5th December 1942 at Bomana near Port Moresby, New Guinea.
Norm’s father born in Yorkshire, England married West Australian born Ethel Jane Platts in 1908.
On 21 Jul 1916 Herbert Platts enlisted WW1 and joined 44th Battalion 5th Reinforcements. His Service No. 2650. He embarked Fremantle 9 Nov 1916. He served in France, received a GSW left leg which recovered but was invalided home to Australia with epilepsy accompanied by violent headaches. Information provided by Platts says he had a fall 20 years earlier from a trapeze – however it appears his war service increased the frequency of epileptic fits. He was discharged 22 Feb 1918.
Norman married Annie ‘Ray’ Armstrong in 1930, they had two children Ivor and Margaret.
Norm’s grandfather died in 1931.
Prior to his marriage, Norm volunteered his time for Scouts.
Below: Norm’s love of rowing and his input into the Bunbury Rowing Club’s entertainment.