|Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)||70445||2nd Battalion|
Photo courtesy Elaine Maltby
William was born at Crich in 1897; his parents were George and Sarah Hannah Frost. George died in 1904, leaving Sarah Hannah with four young children. Billy was one of the first Crich men to volunteer in 1914 aged seventeen; enlisting with his cousin George Wragg, both under-age at the time.
His sister “Gerty” Frost featured on the front of a popular 1915 postcard of Crich Market Place. She is the girl with the pram. The baby was Kathleen Gaunt whose family lived in Archway Cottages.
Postcard courtesy Rosemary Hall
He was in the 6th Divison this peacetime divison of the army was quartered in Ireland and England at the outbreak of war and was ordered to concentrate near Cambridge. By early September it was fully equipped and trained. On 10 September 1914 it landed at St Nazaire and proceeded to the Western Front, where it remained throughout the War. The Division arrived in time to reinforce the hard-pressed BEF on the Aisne, before the whole army was moved north to Flanders. He fought at the battles of Hill 70 and the at Cambrai where he was wounded on Tuesday the 20th November 1917. He died of his wounds the following day aged twenty-one, and is buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manacourt.
Photo courtesy Elaine Maltby
Crich voluteers October 1914 –
Medal Index Record
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals
Derbyshire Courier 15 December 1917
Pte. William Frost, Crich
Derbyshire Times 5 January 1918
CRICH SOLDIER DIES OF WOUNDS
Mrs S. H. Frost, of the Arch Cottages, Crich, has now received a letter dated the 28th December 1917, from the War Office, stating that her son, Corpl. W. Frost, Sherwood Foresters, died of wounds on the 21 November last in the Casualty Clearing Station and expressing the sympathy of the Army Council with her in her sad loss. A full report and photo appeared in the Derbyshire Times a few weeks ago stating that Corporal Frost was wounded and in a French hospital.
|Regiment/Service||Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)|
|Date of Death||21/11/17|
|Additional Information||Son of Mrs. Sarah Hannah Frost, of The Arch Cottages, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire.|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||II. F. 8.|
|Cemetery||ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT|
Soldiers' Effects Book
William Frost; 2nd Bn Notts & Derby; Corporal 70445; killed in action France 21.11.17; War Gratuity £15; paid out:
23.3.18 mother Sarah H £8 15s 0d
9.12.19 mother Sarah H £15 0s 0d
George Frost joined with his cousin George Wragg both under age.
1901: Bulling Lane, Crich
|Sarah L Hr.||Frost||wife||33||Crich|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 46 page 12
|Sarah Hannah||Frost||Head (wdw)||43||Crich|
|Annie Ruth||Frost||daughter||15||Factory hand, hosiery machinist||Crich|
|William||Frost||son||14||Errand boy, steam joinery works||Crich|
|Elizabeth Ann||Frost||daughter||12||School girl||Crich|
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