Conisbrough Head gets B.E.M. – Work for Civil Defence (picture)

January 1946

South Yorkshire Times January 12, 1946

Conisbrough Head gets B.E.M.
Work for Civil Defence

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Mr Albert Edward Platt, of 217 Doncaster Road, Conisbrough, has been awarded the B.E.M. (Civil Division) in the New Year Honours list announced on Wednesday for services to Civil Defence.

From 1941 when he succeeded Councillor A.M.Carlin, Mr Platt was until the Civil Defence stand down last year, Head Warden for Conisbrough. He led a company 150 strong and inform the “Times” that he looked upon the award as an appreciation of Conisbrough and West Riding warden services rather than a personal honour.

The high standard of efficiency achieved by Conisbrough wardens falls largely to the credit of Mr Platt, who displayed commendable enthusiasm and initiative in the work of organisation and instruction, for he also qualified as a fire guard instructor in 1942, and later, in March 1943, as an L.A.R.P. instructor; these duties he fulfilled in Conisbrough and Edlington.

He was a member of the team of nine which gained the West Riding championship honours in the N.E. Regional A.R.P. quiz finals at Barnsley, and was one of the two West Riding wardens to represent the county in the Civil Defence stand down parade in London last year.

Mr Platt, a native of Mexborough and a member of a well-known Mexborough family, has been a member of the teaching profession for 21 years. He first served on the staff of the Doncaster Road School, Mexborough, and from 1929 until 1937 was at the Conisbrough Modern School, where he took physical training and science. Since 1937 he has been headmaster of the Station Road Junior School, Conisbrough.

Formerly a member of the Hickleton Golf Club, Mr Platt is now associated with the Rotherham Golf Club, Thrybergh.