FROST, George William

No.28814, Private, George William FROST
Aged 28

8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment
Killed in Action on 26th September 1917

George William Frost was born in Bradfield St Clare on 23rd August 1889 ( 4th qtr 1889 Thingoe 4a:669son of Walter and Frances Maria FROST (née COCKSEDGE). Baptised in St George's, Bradfield St George on 26th July 1891

1891 census...Aged 1, he was "in Monk's Wood", Bradfield St Clare with his father Walter FROST [28] farm labourer; his mother Fanny M. [23]; brothers Ernest W.[4] and Harry C [3]; sister Ada A [3 months]. All were born in Bradfield St Clare

1901 census...Aged 11, he was at Cross Green, Bradfield St George with his parents; brothers Ernest and Harry, twins Reginald and Walter [5]; sisters Ada, Alice [9], Ethel [3] and Edith [1]

1911 census...Aged 21, he was a foreman on farm at Towthorpe, Yorks with farmer Benjamin BARKER. Now he is recorded as born at Bradfield St George.

He married Edith Eliza CHAPMAN of c/o Mrs Chapman of 70 Sherston St, Stockton on Tees, later of c/o Mrs F Adamson, of Strensall, Yorks.
Their son Reginald William was born on 2nd November 1916.

His younger brother Walter died of dysentery in Iran in 1918 see here

He enlisted in Bentley
The battalion as at Brandhoek. The war diary has:-
26/9..Day of the battle. The battalion was in position of assembvly by 4 am. Some slight shelling caused some casualties in the battalion including 2nd Lt Sharman, who, though slightly wounded in the head preferred to remain with his company. At 5:30 am the attack commenced.
The barrage was thick and effective. At 7am 8th East Yorks had taken their objective, 4 machine guns and 15 prisoners being captured. Some resistance was offered from 2 or 3 pill boxes. Many casualties were inflicted on the enemy. Special courage was shown by Cpls Towse, Watson, Bigley and Rathbone. Each one of these NCOs capturing a machine gun single handedly
The attack progressed and finally by 10 am the blue line was captured.
The first counter attack was driven off, the second counter attack which was more severe took place at 6 pm caused the leading troops to fall back a little, but a further counter attack by the Brigade recaptured all of the lost ground
The remainder of the night was uneventful.

CWGC records show 40 killed, only of them with a known grave. t

photo CWGC

George Frost is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium panels 47,48

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