Fred Frost was the son of Herbert Harry and Emma Eliza Frost of Tattenhall. Fred’s father was a House Joiner who was born in Beeston but his mother, Emma Eliza, was local to Tattenhall and on the 1939 register she is listed as undertaking ‘unpaid domestic duties’. Fred was born in Tattenhall and he, together with his brothers (George and Herbert) and sisters (Gertrude and Lilian), lived at the Nine Houses on Tattenhall High Street. Before signing up, Fred is also listed as a ‘Joiner’ by profession whilst his brothers George and Herbert were a GPO Postman Van Driver and Bootshop Manager respectively. In 1939, Lilian, like her mother, was also listed as undertaking unpaid domestic duties. The family, therefore, were active in Tattenhall and Fred’s brother George was also in the Tattenhall Cricket Club team, whilst Herbert was a bell ringer at St Alban’s Church.
Gunner Fred Frost (Service Number 14514866) served with the Royal Artillery 32 Heavy Field Regiment. His Casualty Card makes reference to his Tattenhall connection and states that he was KIA (Killed in Action) on 11 September 1944 aged 37.
Gunner Fred Frost is buried in Gradara War Cemetery, Italy (image below)
On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side.
Following the fall of Rome to the Allies in June 1944, the German retreat became ordered and successive stands were made on a series of defensive positions known as the Trasimene, Arezzo, Arno and Gothic Lines.
The site for the cemetery was chosen in November 1944 and it contains the graves of casualties incurred during the advance from Ancona to Rimini, which broke the German’s heavily defended Gothic Line, and in the heavy fighting around Rimini, which was taken by the Allies on 21 September 1944.
We thank Chis Frost who would have been a nephew to Gunner Fred Frost for contacting the Website and confirming new information regarding his family members. Chris now lives on Anglesey.