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KARL GUSTAV BRUNO PLATZ 1926-2019 (AGE 93)
Bruno Platz’s ashes will be interred in St Mabyn Churchyard on Monday 14th September. His friends and those who knew him, or wish to pay tribute, will be welcome.
Bruno was born in 1926 on his family’s vineyard and farm outside Wittenberg in Germany, the eldest of 5 children. He won a scholarship to university and took an engineering apprenticeship in an aircraft factory in Wittenberg.
He was reluctantly conscripted into the Hitler Youth and in 1944 (age 17) into the Luftwaffe. Six months later he was wounded and captured by the American forces in France. He was treated well in the American Field Hospital in Paris and handed over to the British as a prisoner of war. Then he was taken in 1945 to the P.O.W. camp at Pennygillam near Launceston.
In 1946, as a P.O.W., he was seconded to Trethick Farm, St Mabyn under the farmer Mr William J Jewell, where he remained as a trusted and skilled worker, good with machinery and tractors (Mr Jewell’s testament).
In 1949, on release as a P.O.W., he moved to Leicestershire, where he had his own farm. He married and now leaves his daughter, Diane. But in 1968 he had a serious car accident from which he never fully recovered and became an engineering manager of an agricultural machinery factory and design engineer (at Ransoms I think).
For many years he holidayed for 2-4 weeks with Noreen Burt at Lower Treworder and visited the many life-long friends he had made in and around St Mabyn, with whom he regularly corresponded.
He never returned to live in Germany, even after his siblings had recovered ownership of the family home and vineyard etc, having been confiscated by the Russian Communists after World War 2, until the reunification of Germany, for his heart was in England, and especially in St Mabyn, where he chose for his remains to finally rest.
I would like to pay tribute to a good hearted and peace loving stranger (no longer) who by fate came to live amongst us and to the good people of St Mabyn and the farming community who welcomed him so warmly into their midst.
May his soul rest in peace in the place he came to call home and in peace with our Lord Jesus.
A thought for us all from the Bible:
“Remember to welcome strangers in your homes- for some who did that welcomed angels without knowing it.”
Hebrews Ch 13 vs 2
THE REVD JOHN BRENDAN-COOK
(This, and much more news, is in the current magazine)