Private Leslie Stewart Frost

Date of Birth 4 September 1899
Age at Death 19
Date of Death 23 September 1918
Service Number 96207
Military Service 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment
Merton Address 60a High Street, Wimbledon
Local Memorial Wimbledon Parish Church

Additional Information

Leslie was born in Wimbledon on 4 September 1899 and baptised at Wimbledon Parish Church on 26 November that year. He was the son of James and Alice Frost, who were then living at 5 High Street, Wimbledon Village. The couple had two other sons – the eldest child, Gordon, was born c.1896 and his youngest sibling, Cyril, was born in 1904.

James Frost was a solicitor’s clerk and his wife was a dressmaker. The couple seem to have been reasonably prosperous, as they could afford a household servant. By 1911 the family had moved to 60a High Street, Wimbledon. Leslie was educated at the Wimbledon Collegiate School and King’s College School. He worked for the Sun Insurance Company prior to the war and in 1917, aged 18, he gained a cadetship.

He enlisted as a Private in the 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment and was transferred to France. On 18 September 1918, Leslie’s battalion was involved in the Battle of Epehy, a combined British and French assault on the German defensive position known as the Hindenburg Line. The total number of battle casualties is unknown but Leslie was wounded and died five days later. He is buried at the Domino British Cemetery, Epehy and commemorated at Wimbledon Parish Church.


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