King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Frost, Cyril Charles

Second Lieutenant ▪ Honourable Artillery Company

Cyril Charles Frost, born on 4th August 1896, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1908. His father, Herbert, was a retail store manager, and the family, including his mother, Annie, and younger brother, Gordon, lived at Sunnyside, Middleton Hall Road, Kings Norton.

Cyril appears very little in the School records, other than an appearance in the School Lists as a competent pupil in the Modern School (which offered a curriculum that emphasised scientific rather than classical subjects).

Cyril was commissioned in August 1914 as a Second Lieutenant in the Church Lads Brigade, tasked with guarding important bridges and other infrastructure. In August 1915, he transferred to the Honourable Artillery Company as a Gunner, and was deployed to Egypt in September 1916. Cyril served throughout the Palestine Campaign, including the fall of Jerusalem, until October 1918, when he was wounded and invalided to Alexandria. On 24th January 1919, Cyril was accidentally killed in Palestine, aged twenty-two. He is buried in Beirut War Cemetery. His father requested the following inscription on Cyril’s headstone: “Farewell my son, until the day break and the shadows flee away.”