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Charles Sydney Frost 58 Captain 1st Royal Newfoundland Regiment Military Cross November 27, 1893 Argyle, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia August 24, 1914 St. John’s Newfoundland St. John's Newfoundland 21 5 feet, 10½ inches light blue Yarmouth Academy Cadet Corps (2 years) Single Bank Clerk Mrs. Alexander M Frost (Mother) Yarmouth, Nova Scotia April 15, 1985 (Toronto, Ontario) Charles Sydney Frost enlisted in St. John’s Newfoundland on August 24, 1914. He embarked St. John’s for the United Kingdom on October 3, 1914. In England he was promoted to Lance Corporal on July 14, 1915. He embarked Plymouth for the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force on August 20, 1915 and disembarked at Alexandria and entrained for Cairo on August 31, 1915. On September 13, 1915 he embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli. On September 20, 1915, at 3:00 am the Newfoundland Regiment arrived at Kangaroo Beach, Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, and joined the 88th Brigade of the 29th Division. The troops were shelled by the Turkish batteries, resulting in fifteen wounded. Later that day they moved to the more protected shelter of Essex Gully. Suffering from high fever and infection on October 9, 1915, Lance Corporal Frost was admitted to the SS Kildonan Castle, a Hospital ship used during the Gallipoli Campaign. On November 5, 1915 he was admitted to a hospital in Malta and invalided to England on the hospital ship Brazil on December 21, 1915. On December 31, 1915 he was admitted to Wandsworth Hospital, London. He was discharged and granted leave in April 1916. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and embarked to the British Expeditionary Force on June 5, 1916. On October 12, 1916 he was wounded at Gueudecourt, the Somme area of northern France, suffering gun shot wounds to both thighs and both legs. He was invalided to England and admitted to Wandsworth Hospital, London on October 19, 1916. He was granted leave to Canada to expire on March 19, 1917 and he returned to Yarmouth where on February 8, 1917 he requested a six week extension to his leave. He returned to the United Kingdom sailing from Halifax on April 17, 1917. He was promoted to Lieutenant on May 15, 1917 and proceeded to France on November 10, 1917. He was promoted to Captain and awarded the Military Cross for bravery on September 28, 1918. He returned to Newfoundland on demobilization on the SS Corsican from Liverpool on May 22, 1919 and arrived on June 1, 1919. He was discharged on June 2, 1919. Charles Sydney Frost became President of the Bank of Nova Scotia June 14,1956. Frost Park is the site of the first burials in Yarmouth, however in 1864 it was declared that no more burials should be done there and in 1887 was named Victoria Park. In 1958, it was renamed as Frost Park, after Charles Sydney Frost.
Charles Sydney Frost
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Frost Park, Yarmouth NS In 1958 the name of this park was changed to Frost Park, for Sydney Frost who was born in 1893 in Argyle, Yarmouth County and died in 1985. The inscription on the dedication plaque at the Main Street entrance to the park states: “This park named in honor of Charles Sydney Frost, M.C. native son who, through diligence and ability became President of the Bank of Nova Scotia June 14,1956”. Sydney Frost had entered employment with the Bank of Nova Scotia in Yarmouth at age 14 and subsequently served in positions of increasing responsibility with the bank in Winnipeg, Toronto, Saskatoon and St. John, NB. He had also had a distinguished military service record during World War I, rising in rank from private to captain and winning the Military Cross. As well, he received many other honours during his lifetime including honourary degrees from Memorial University, St. John's, NF and Acadia University, Wolfville, NS and being named an Illustrious Son of Nova Scotia in 1959.
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