FROST, Albert

No.12101, Private, Albert FROST
Aged 21

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on 1st October 1918

Albert Frost was born in Pakenham (4th qtr 1896 Thingoe 4a:815), son of Samuel and Martha FROST (née PECK).

There is constant confusion over where they lived, but this is due to the Ixworth -Pakenham boundary being the river Blackbourn, and the Woolpack is just over the Pakenham side of the river

1901 census...Aged 4, he was "near the Woolpack", Pakenham with his father Samuel FROST [49] farm labourer; his mother Martha [47]; brothers Robert [19]stockman cattle, Sidney [13] farm labourer, Ivan [10] and Herbert [7]; sister Edith [16]. All born in Pakenham.

1911 census...Aged 14, a farm labourer, he was at "Cottage",nr "Woolpack", Pakenham with his parents; sister Edith; brothers Sydney, Ivan and Herbert. All the men were farm labourers

On the pension card his mother was at Bridge Cottages, Ixworth. The pension card also says he was killed in action, but these are very often inaccurate.

His brother Sidney died in 1917 in France see here

He enlisted in Ixworth.
Summary from "History of the Suffolk Regiment" ..Lt Col Murphy:-
"On 30th September 1918 the 2nd battalion moved to trenches between Ribecourt and Marcoing ready to attack Rumilly the next day. The 76th Brigade attacked with the 8th KORL on the right and the 2nd Suffolk on the left. Severe fighting followed, but the attack was only partially successful. The front and support trenches at Rumilly were found to be full of Germans and machine-guns. Over 300 prisoners were taken and many Germans killed, but by the time these trenches had been dealt with the attacking troops had lost the barrage, and the left company came under very heavy machine-gun fire from the front and flanks, making further advance impossible. The right company, shielded by the ground from flanking fire, pushed through the village to a trench on the far side, killing and capturing many Germans. Not until evening, and then only after much bitter fighting was the village cleared. The casualties amounted to about 180"

CWGC have 47 of the battalion killed on 1st October, 8 of them buried in Ribecourt

photo CWGC

Albert Frost is buried in Ribecourt Railway Cemetery B:12

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