Charles Herbert Froste signature

On this day in 1918 Charles Herbert Froste, a store-keeper, was conscripted in Kingston. He was born in Thurlow Township, Hastings County on August 14th, 1894, the son of Frederick Froste and Nancy (née Brooks). By 1901 the family were in Deseronto, where Frederick was working as an engineer. Charles was attending Deseronto Public School and has been identified as one of the boys in this school photograph, taken in around 1900 by James Fairbairn:


In 1911 Frederick was running a dry goods store in St. George Street, Deseronto. He died in 1913 and Charles took over the running of the store. He joined the 1st Depot Battalion of the Eastern Ontario Regiment with the regimental number 3056847. Froste was five feet nine and a half inches tall, with a dark complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

Froste’s service record notes that he was admitted to hospital in Kingston on March 11th, suffering from deafness caused a narrowing of the eustachian tubes in his ears, caused by a bout of scarlet fever when he was a child. He was treated with politzerization and released a month later, with his condition improved. Froste was appointed Lance Corporal on May 6th, 1918. He served in Canada with the 3rd and 2nd Canadian Garrison Regiments.

Charles was demobilized in Toronto on February 4th, 1919. He married Gladys Gertrude Clokey, a bank clerk, in Toronto on June 8th, 1920. At the time of the 1921 census the couple were back in the store in Deseronto, with a young son.