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Herbert was born in Derbyshire in 1898, the son of Henry and Kate Frost. By 1911 he was living at 3 Spring Vale Drive, Millfields, Wolverhampton, with his parents, and siblings Lizzie, Annie, Hilda and Ernest.

Herbert originally enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 2156), before transferring to the 2nd Battalion of the Cameronian (Scottish Rifles), number 235395. He was killed in action in France on 3 October 1918. He is commemorated at the Sucrerie Cemetery, Ablain-St. Nazaire, as well as the Bilston Priestfield Roll of Honour.