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Lance Corporal Henry W Frost


Harrogate Herald - 15th December 1915

Many of his Pateley Bridge friends would receive with regret the sad news of the death of Private Herbert Victor Frost, of the 5th Battalion Dorset Regiment, the second son of Mr and Mrs Charles G Frost, formerly of Pateley Bridge, and now of Lyme Regis., which was announced in your issue of December 4th. This sad and unexpected news reached his friends at Lyme Regis on Saturday, 27th November, and on the following day, at the conclusion of evensong, a short and appropriate memorial service was conducted by the Vicar, the Rev W N Wilson, in which the congregation joined. It was followed by a muffled peal on the church bells by the ringers, of which body the deceased's father is a member.

Private Frost enlisted into the 5th Battalion of the Dorset Regiment, in September 1914, being then a recruit in "Kitchener's second 100,000". He accompanied his Battalion to the Dardanelles, sailing from Liverpool on the 2nd of July last, reaching the seat of the war in time to be present at the landing at Suvla Bay, where the Battalion suffered very severely, losing many officers and men. In his own platoon, in a strength of 60, there were no less than 52 casualties, Frost being one of the lucky eight who escaped being hit. How many of his comrades who were actually killed or subsequently died, from wounds then received he never ascertained. Since then he was constantly in the trenches, serving in the machine gun section, but had occasional relief at the rest camp, which he felt was a great boost. The last time he wrote, a few days before his illness, he said that his section had just reached the base for a rest and that they needed it, for they were feeling done. Unfortunately he did not get the relief he wanted, for a second order came for the machine gun section to return to the trenches at once. He remarked that he would not give in, but would do his best. As often happens in war, this proved too much for him, and was the cause of his giving his life away for his country, which every good and willing soldier is prepared to do. The one thought, "Duty". The day he died, November 21st, his youngest brother, Lance Corporal Henry W Frost, who is now serving in the same Battalion, sailed with reinforcements from England, looking forward to the pleasure it would be for the brothers to meet at the seat of war. "L'homme propose". Mr and Mrs Frost and the deceased's widow (they were only married in December last) wish to thank their friends for the marked and very kind sympathy shown them in their bereavement.

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