William Osmond Frost

Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Redfern, New South Wales, Australia

General information

Bank clerk

Army information

Australian Imperial Force
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Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Moore Park, Sydney, South Wales, Australia
 —  Australian Infantry, 23rd Bn. (Victoria)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Dairy Wood, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Plot: VII
Row: A
Grave: 8

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Lieutenant Frost William Osmond served in the Australian Infantry 23rd Battalion, part of the 6th Australian Brigade, of the 2nd Australian Division.
The 2nd Australian Division participated in the Battle of Poelcapelle, a stage in the Third Battle of Ypres. It's ’ask was to cover the right flank of the 66th Division and it attacked with the 5th Australian Brigade, on the left and the 6th Australian Brigade on the left of the divisional front. The attack of the 6th Australian Brigade was carried by the 22nd, 24th, 21st and 23rd Battalions.
Zero hour, was at 5.20 a.m. The supporting artillery barrage was very light and lacked precision, leaving most German positions unscathed. Nevertheless as the men of the 23rd Battalion advanced they encountered little frontal opposition. However there was heavy machine-gun and rifle fire coming from the right flank in the vicinity of Daisy and Busy Woods, causing approximately half of the casualties of the Battalion on that day. Dairy wood was cleared by the Battalion of all German resistance. When moving onwards the Battalion lost its direction and veered north, away from Dairy Wood, and came in behind the 17th Battalion, of the 5th Australian Brigade. As they advanced they established posts to guard the flank ending at their 2nd objective at Rhine, a fortified farm ruin on the 6th Brigade’s left, thereby guarding the flank of the 5th Brigade. The Battalion held their positions and was eventually relieved from the frontline during the night by the Australian Infantry 49th Battalion.
Lieutenant Frost William Osmond was killed in action on the 9th of October. According to witness testimonies in his Red Cross Wounded and Missing File, he fell close to the jump-off line. He was buried in the field just west of Dairy Wood. His remains were exhumed after the war and he was interred in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood.

Files 2

Sources 8

"Forward Undeterred, The History of the 23rd Battalion 1915-1918", Austin R., McCrae, Slouch Hat Publications, 1998, pg. 132-136.
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"The Third Ypres Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995, pg. 104-106.
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Australian War Memorial
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National Archives of Australia
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The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary AIF 23rd Bn.
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