John Charles Frost


John Charles Frost


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Hertfordshire Regiment
1st/1st Bn.


1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals


P. IX. R. 9B.


>No Insription on his Headstone.

UK Memorials

Hatfield War Memorial. Hertfordshire Regimental Memorial, All Saints Church, Hertford. Not on the Hertford War Memorial.

Pre War

John Charles Frost was born in 1895, in Hatfield, Herts, son of James Frost (a Groom) (B 1867 in London Colney, Herts) and Ellen Alice Frost (ne Keable) (B 1866 in Harleston, Norfolk). Baptised on 24th March 1895, in Hatfield. His father James died in 1899, aged 32 years.

1901 Census records John aged 6, living with his widowed mother, brothers James 15, and George 9 and sister Annie 12, in Hall's Yard, Park Street, Hatfield.

His mother Ellen married Frank Thomas in 1904, in Hatfield. John left school in January 1909, aged 14, to start work.

By 1911 John was working as a Greengrocers Lad, living with his mother, stepfather Frank Thomas and brother James 25, in Chapel Yard, Park Street, Hatfield. 

Wartime Service

John enlisted in the County Town of Hertford, posted to the Hertfordshire Regiment with the Service No. 2622, later 265556 when service numbers were standardised.   

Extract from Battalion War Diary- 5th Nov 1914 The Battalion left Bury St. Edmonds by train, in the evening embarked on the "CITY OF CHESTER" sailing at midnight. Disembarked at Le Havre on 6th November 1914, Then marched 3 miles to No. 2 Rest Camp.   

John died of his wounds which he received in action on 17th April 1918.

Additional Information

His brother Driver T4/211873 James Frost died on the 18th May 1917, in The Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Nr. Southampton, Hampshire. He is buried in St Luke's Churchyard, Hatfield. The value of his effects were £8-13s-3d, Pay Owing and £17, War Gratuity which went to his mother Ellen Alice Thomas.


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