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Frost, John William

John William Frost was born in 1892 in Stinsford, Dorset. He was the son of John William & Mary Frost, Pengwern Lodge, Rhuddlan.

The 1901 Census records the family living at Stinsford Lodge, Dorset. John’s Father, also called John William Frost, was employed as a domestic coachman. According to that census, John had one brother and six sisters, including twins.

Unable find him on the 1911 census. According to Forces War Records [website] he was living at Whitchurch, Shropshire at the time of his enlistment. However the Flintshire Roll of Honour Record Card gives an address as, “Prencrabbas, Rhuddlan, whilst, “Rhuddlan in Peace & War” [Rhuddlan Local History Society] reports the family living at Pengwern Lodge, Rhuddlan. The Rhyl Journal report of 29th January 1916, confirms the family’s address as “Pengwern Lodge”.

Attestation papers on Ancestry, are almost impossible to read. John initially joined the Hussars on 14th August 1914 as Private 13119. Subsequently transferred to the 6th [Service] Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment. This regiment was formed at Pontefract in August 1914. It was mobilised for war in July 1915. The Battalion then deployed to Gallipoli from Liverpool via Mudros [Greek port on island of Lemnos] and landed at Sulvla Bay in August 1915. {Forces War Records}

“Rhuddlan in Peace & War”, records his death from dysentery on board the hospital ship “Aquitania” This ship could carry about 4200 wounded personnel.

John’s death is briefly noted in the Rhyl Journal’s [29th January 1916] report of the death of Reginald Davies. The paper describes John as the first Rhuddlan casualty. Subsequently the edition of February 12th 1916, reports the memorial service held for John & Reginald in St. Mary’s Parish Church.

He is remembered on the Rhuddlan War Memorial, the Royal British Legion Scroll of Honour [inside the Community Centre], the Scroll of Honour & window in St Mary’s Church and the North Wales Memorial Arch at Bangor.

I am indebted to Sarah Hodnett of Rhuddlan Local History Club, for her assistance in compiling this record.

 

 


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