FROST John Harry

Born in Walsham le Willows on the March 1879 to Harry Frost (b.1855) and Sarah (b.1851 in Troston), née Turner.   He was baptised on the 5th March 1882 at Walsham le Willows.

John’s father Harry died in April 1889 aged only 34 leaving Sarah a widow.

1891 census: John, aged 12 and a scholar was living in Canham Green, Walsham le Willows with his mother Sarah, a Widow aged 45, his brother George also a scholar, aged 8 and his sister, aged 7.

1901 census: John, aged 22 and an Agricultural Labourer was living in West Street, Walsham le Willows with his mother Sarah, a Widow aged 60, his brother George an Agricultural Labourer aged 18, and his sister Ada aged 20.

1911 census: John, a farm labourer aged 32 was living in The Green, Badwell Ash with his mother, Sarah aged 63 a Widow and working as a House Keeper, his 2 siblings, George 28, a farm labourer and Ada 30, a cook domestic as well as a granddaughter Ada, aged 4. All the children were single.

Military: He enlisted on the 5th September 1914 at Bury St. Edmunds, the same day as his brother, George. According to his Service Record he was posted to the 8th (Service) Battalion East Surrey Regiment. He was discharged on the 26th November 1914 after only 2 months as “unlikely to become an efficient soldier”. This is one month earlier than his brother George who only served 3 months!

Post War: Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to trace any information regarding what happened to John after the war.

John died on 13th August 1945 aged 67. His address was given as Rectory Farm Cottage, Langham. He left £142.8s (£5,795 in today’s money).


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