Rank: Private
Service Number: 49612.
Regiment: 13th Bn. Cheshire Regiment Killed In Action Saturday 21st October 1916 Age 27County Memorial Buglawton & Congleton
Commemorated\Buried THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Grave\Panel Ref: Pier and Face 3C and 4A

Son of Mr. Henry Frost and Mrs. Selina Frost of Dane in Shaw Bank, Buglawton, Congleton, Cheshire. He had one sister, Annie Elizabeth Frost. In 1911, he was employed as a General Servant and then a Bleacher.

He enlisted into the 7th Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment at Macclesfield on the 24th of February 1916. He was attested on the 23rd of March 1916. He embarked from Southampton on the 7th of September 1916 and on arriving at Rouen was posted to the 13th Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment.

By late October 1916, the Battle of the Somme was entering its final stages. Advances had been made since July and the Cheshire Regiment were to become involved in an attempt to wrest the high ground away from the Germans. Capture of the ridge, which ran from Martinpuich to Thiepval, would allow the British strategic control of this sector. On the 20th of October 1916, the 13th Battalion assembled in Hessian Trench, prior to an attack on Regina Trench. The next day, the British Artillery barrage started at 12:00 hours rolling forward across No Man's Land before falling on the German front line trench. The Cheshire's followed very closely behind, finding the barrage was protecting them, by preventing the German machine gunners from coming out of their dugouts. They advanced in three waves and finding the enemy's barbed wire had been destroyed by the artillery, took their objective without much difficulty. The Battalion's War Diary records they took about 250 prisoners and captured a machine gun. One party, advancing well forward, put a German field gun out of action, but were unable to bring it back".They now consolidated the position and held it until 18:00 hours on the 22nd The attack had been successful but costly. 3 officers and 74 men had been killed. Another 120 were wounded and out of action. Private James Arthur Frost was killed in this engagement, along with another Congleton soldier Private Daniel Turnock.

Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank John and Christopher Pullen for this information on James.