Platt, Joseph Ellison M.B.E. (1900-1973)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JOSEPH ELLISON PLATT, M.B.E.: born at Winsford, Cheshire, in 1900, he entered the ministry in 1929 after training at Hartley College. He subsequently served in the following circuits: Brough, Clitheroe Nantwich, Kingston-on-Thames (Richmond Road), and London (Tooting). After a brief period of service with the South African Conference he returned to Dover in 1939, soon to commence six years service as an Army Chaplain. 

This was the beginning of the outstanding features of his ministry during which he was made an M.B.E. for special and courageous service. He was directly involved in the Dunkirk experience and here began the revelation of his indomitable spirit of fortitude, courage and persistent caring for others in need. He and many of his men were taken into captivity, several of them badly wounded, and Joseph revealed his pastoral heart in his caring concern for them. So persistent were his demands on their behalf, and so fearless his defence of their interests, that eventually the German authorities sought to destroy his Christian influence by way of imprisonment in Colditz Castle. There his deep Christian faith and living fellowship with his Lord and Master lit up his way with a radiant certainty and hope which nothing could destroy. At last the glad day of release from Colditz came and his remaining years in the active ministry were spent in the St. Leonard’s, Bromley Common and Orpington circuits, and finally in the Somerset Mission, whence he retired into the Dorchester Circuit. 

A man of deep faith who could never be turned away from his convictions, a careful administrator, wise counsellor and loving pastor, he was known as a real follower of Christ. No one who visited him during the years of his retirement could fail to be impressed by the courage and patience with which he accepted a heavy burden of physical pain and disability. He died on 17th June, 1973 in the seventy-third year of his age and the forty-fourth of his ministry.

Family

Joseph was born on 21 February 1900 at Over, nr Winsford, Cheshire, to parents Thomas Platt, a greengrocer (1901) and Edith Ellison.

He married Annie May Grainger (1908-1950) in the summer of 1908 in the Birkenhead Registration District, Cheshire.

Joseph died on 17 June 1973 at Charminster, Dorset.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1929 Brough
  • 1930 Clitheroe
  • 1932 Nantwich &c
  • 1933 Kingston Rich
  • 1934 Tooting
  • 1937 South African Conf
  • 1939 Dover
  • 1940 Chaplain H.M. Forces
  • 1946 St Leonards &c
  • 1949 Bromley Com &c
  • 1956 Somerset S Mission
  • 1960 Dorchester (S)

References

Methodist Minutes 1974/151

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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