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Louis Samuel Frost

Extra Regimental/ 2nd Corporal

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Serial No. 3146

45th Battalion, 4th Australian Division Traffic Control, Provost Corps & 2nd Battalion


Louis Samuel Frost - Information

Louis Samuel was a child of John and Elizabeth Frost, born in Campbelltown. He was living on Queen St and working as a carter when the war started. Louis'€™s brothers, James and Allen, had joined the AIF in 1915 and May 1916 respectively. A few months after Allen had joined the forces, Louis also signed up. He enlisted in Kiama on the 8th of November, when he was 25.

Louis was designated to the 45th Battalion as a Private, and left Sydney on the 25th of November 1916 aboard the HMAT Beltana. He arrived at Devonport in January 1917 and was marched into the 12th Training Battalion. Louis was shipped to France in late March, joining the 45th Battalion in the field. On the 9th of August 1917, Louis was detached to Australian Division Headquarters, for traffic control duties. A few days later, he was then transferred to the 4th Australian Division Traffic Control. By April 1918, he was stationed to the Australian Provost Corps. But was then transferred to the 2nd Battalion on the 21st of May, and was marched out to the No. 1 Base Depot. Louis fought with the 2nd Battalion until the war ended, during many bloody battles, which finally breached the Hindenburg Line. He returned to the Provost Corps and was promoted to ER/2/Corporal on the 10th of February 1919. He was performing well in the Provost Corps, and was mentioned in General Douglas Haig'€™s (Commander-in-Chief of British Forces) despatches in 1919. While in England, Louis developed a relationship with a British girl, Elizabeth Rose Sharpe who lived in Southwark. They got married at St Gabriel'€™s in Pimlico, London on the 23rd of August 1919. Louis then returned to Australia with his new bride in 1920. Returning to Campbelltown, Louis and Elizabeth made a life together, as Louis began working in Sam Bursill'€™s store in the 1930s.