Edward Cuthbert Platt, Jr. was born on October 29, 1879 in San Francisco, California. He was the son of Edward Cuthbert and Margaret Sanders Hunter Platt. At the outbreak of the war in 1914, Edward, Jr., was Assistant Controller of the Western Electric Company for Europe and was in London with important responsibilities in connection with the foreign branches of his company. As the war progressed he became convinced that it was the duty of the United States to enter the conflict, and acting upon that conviction, he attempted to enlist in England but was refused admission into the British Army because of his American citizenship. He then resigned from his position, returned to America in the latter part of 1915, enlisted in the Canadian Army, was recommended for and obtained a commission as Lieutenant, and sailed for England in the 244th Battalian, Canadian Expeditionary Force, reaching France. He was Killed in Action on November 7, 1917 on the western front in France and is now buried in the Passchendaele New British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium. Lieutenant Platt is the tenth Princeton man who has lost his life in war service.
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