Joseph Frost was a London-born hatter who had married and been widowed by 1911. He joined the army and was killed in action in May 1918.

Joseph was born in Paddington, Middlesex in 1877, the son of Joseph and Eliza Frost. He was baptised at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Paddington on 27th September 1882. At that time his father was a labourer at 24 Cirencester Street, Paddington.

His siblings included Alice Frost (born 1881), Richard Frost (born 1882), Eliza Frost (born 1884), Minnie Frost (born 1888), Robert Frost (born 1888), Edith Frost (born 1890), and Dora Frost (born 1892).

The 1891 census found 14 year-old Joseph living with his parents and six younger siblings at Cambridge Road in Willesden, Middlesex. His father was a ladies’ hat-maker. A decade later the family were living at 3 Bedford Cottages in Clophill, Bedfordshire. Joseph and his father were both hatters.

In 1911 Joseph, aged 34, was boarding at 3 Craven Street, Ravensthorpe in Yorkshire and still working as a hatter.Since the previous census he had married and been widowed.

He lived at Chelmsford and enlisted at Reading, Berkshire.

He was killed in action on 27th May 1918 while serving as Private 201111 in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment.


Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Joseph has no known grave and is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France (pictured) and on the Civic Centre Memorial, Chelmsford.

The Soissons Memorial commemorates almost 4,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom forces who died during the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne in 1918.

Joseph was entitled to the Victory and British War medals.