|Place of birth||Bow, London, England|
|School||Cooper's school, Now, London, England|
|Age on arrival in Australia||16|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||34 Glassop Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs H. Plater, 34 Glassop Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Warwick Farm, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||2nd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/19/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star of England on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||54th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||23|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||V.C. Corner (Panel No 11), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Captain H.R.F. PLATER and Mrs H.A.H. PLATER, 34 Glassop Street, Balmain, New South Wales|
|Family/military connections||Brothers: 32 Pte Richard PLATER, 5th Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 8 April 1917;4863 Pte Walter PLATER, 5th Traffic Control Detachment, returned to Australia, 2 June 1919.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Joined 54th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.
Posted missing, 20 July 1916.
Previously report of missing now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.
Handwritten note on B.103 (p.12 of file) 'Burial Reported by O[fficer] C[ommanding] 54th Bn'.
Note, Red Cross File No 2170205: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'
Statement, 4865 Pte A.R. POWELL, D Company, 54th Bn, 17 August 1916: 'I saw Plater after the charge in the German second trench we took at Fleurbaix on July 19th. He was there unwounded when we started to dig. It is quite likely he was taken prisoner in the retirement next morning, when the Germans outflanked us.'
Second statement, 4407 Pte G.H. BUCKLEY, 54th Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 20 September 1916: 'He belonged to my section and [I] knew him well. He was killed in the fighting in the German trenches near Fleurbaix.'Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, PLATER Ernest
Red Cross file 2170205