Fonds 77-027 - Leslie M. Frost and Cecil G. Frost fonds

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Leslie M. Frost and Cecil G. Frost fonds

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77-027

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  • 1915-1920 (Creation)
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    Leslie M. Frost and Cecil G. Frost

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30 cm of textual records

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The Honourable Leslie Miscampbell Frost, lawyer and Premier of Ontario, was born in Orillia, Ontario on September 20, 1895, the son of William Sword Frost and Margaret Jane Barker. He was educated at the Orillia Public School and the Orillia High School. He later attended the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall. He served during World War I in France and Belgium, with the 20th Battalion, Queen's York Rangers, and was discharged with the rank of captain in 1918, after being severely wounded. Frost was called to the Bar in 1921. He was a member of the legal firm Frost, Inrig and Gorwill, among others, and was an honorary bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He married Gertrude Jane Carew in 1926. They never had children. Leslie M. Frost had a long and successful political career. He was first elected to the legislature of Ontario in 1937, and he was consistently re-elected at each election until his retirement in 1963. He was Treasurer of Ontario and Minister of Mines in both the George Drew and T.L. Kennedy administrations. In 1949, Frost was chosen leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, and was sworn in as Premier and Provincial Treasurer on May 4, 1949. He remained Provincial Treasurer until 1955 and Premier until 1961. Besides his legal and political career, Frost took on many other obligations. He was a member of the of the Board of Governors of the University of Toronto and the first Chancellor of Trent University. He also held several directorships, including: the Bank of Montreal, Air Canada, Corporate Investors Ltd., Lever Brothers Ltd., KVP Company Ltd., John Deyell Ltd., Canada Life Assurance Company, Victoria and Grey Trust Co., Massey-Ferguson Ltd., and radio station CKLY. Frost was also keenly interested in history, primarily military history and the histories of Victoria, Peterborough and Haliburton Counties. He was the author of several books: Fighting Men, Forgotten Pathways of the Trent, Pleasant Point Story: a History of Pleasant Point and The Records on Sam Hughes Set Straight. Leslie M. Frost died at Lindsay, Ontario 4 May 1973.

Cecil Grey Frost, younger brother of the Honourable Leslie M. Frost, was born in Orillia, Ontario, on August 27, 1897. His father, William Sword Frost, operated a jewellery and watchmaking business in Orillia, and as Mayor, introduced the concept of daylight saving time to the municipality. Cecil Grey Frost served overseas with the Canadian Machine Gun Corps during the World War I. When he returned to Canada, he attended Osgoode Hall Law School and graduated in 1921. He and his brother Leslie then opened a legal firm in Lindsay, Ontario, and both soon became active in local Conservative Politics. This led to Cecil's election in 1936 as Mayor of Lindsay, and in 1937 to the Presidency of the Ontario Conservative Association, As well, he organized and managed Earl Rowe's campaign in the provincial election of 1937. Thought of as a potential party leader himself, Cecil Grey Frost remained politically active until his sudden death on 8 June 1947.

Custodial history

This fonds was in the custody of the Honourable Leslie M. Frost before it was bequested to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of 173 wartime and military letters written by Leslie M. and Cecil G. Frost while on active service during World War I to their parents in Orillia, Ontario. Also included are three letter from Mrs. Frost to Leslie, telegrams relating to wounds suffered by the brothers, and maps of the Passchendaele sector. Each item is accompanied by a typewritten memo by Leslie M. Frost, written in 1971, explaining certain references, or expanding on a point touched on in the letters. Both of the brothers comment on military life; politics in both Canada and Great Britain, including the 1917 Canadian conscription issue; their concerns of the welfare of people at home; and their plans, or lack thereof, for after the war.

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The fonds was bequested to Trent University by the Honourable Leslie M. Frost.

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Box 1

Folder 1:

Letter

1 - explanatory note re: L.MF. and C.G.F. wartime and military letters

2 - L.M.F. to Sadie Barker, 11 Aug 1915

3 - LMF to CGF, 2 Nov 1915

4 - LMF to parents, Nov 1915

5 - Col DH MacLaren to LMF, 9 Dec 1915

6 - Col MacLaren to WSF, 3 Jan 1916

7 - Lt. Col Donald Grant to CGF, 19 Jan 1916

8 - CGF to parents 20 Feb 1916

9 - CGF to parents, 24 Feb 1916

10 - CGF to parents, 4 May 1916

11 - CGF to parents, 10 May 1916

12 - CGF to parents, 15 May 1916

13 - CGF to parents, 17 May 1916

14 - CGF to parents, 15 Oct 1916

15 - CGF to parents, 15 Oct 1916

16 - LMF to parents, 19 Oct 1916

17 - LMF to parents undated

18 - LMF to parents, 26 Oct 1916

19 - CGF to parents, 5 Nov 1916

20 - LMF to parents, 5 Nov 1916

21 - LMF to parents, Nov 17 1916

22 - LMF to parents, 26 Nov 1916

23 - LMF to parents, 1 Dec 1916

24 - LMF to parents, 7 Dec 1916

25 - LMF to parents, 11 Dec 1916

26 - CGF to parents, 18 dec 1916

27 - CGF to parents, 23 Dec 1916

28 - LMF to parents, 25 Dec 1916

29 - LMF to parents, 31 Dec 1916

Folder 2:

30 - CGF to parents, 6 Jan 1917

31 - CGF to parents, 10 Jan 1917

32 - LMF to parents, 11 Jan 1917

33 - LMF to parents, 15 Jan 1917

34 - LMF to parents, 17 Jan 1917

35 - LMF to parents, 22 Jan 1917

36 - CGF to parents, 22 Jan 1917

37 - CGF to parents, 2 Feb 1917

38 - LMF to parents, 11 Feb 1917; also to Lady Dunn to LNF 21 Sept 1951

39 - LMF to parents, 18 Feb 1918

40 - LMF to parents, 26 Feb 1917

41 - CGF to parents, 26 Feb 1917

42 - LMF to parents, 3 March 1917

43 - CGF to parents, 13 March 1917

44 - LMF to parents, 18 March 1917

45 - LMF to parents, 31 March 1917

46 - CGF to parents, 1 April 1917

47 - LMF to parents, 7 April 1917

48 - CGF to parents, 8 April 1917

49 - Trench Map, Rolincourt - map of a portion of the Vimy front before the Battle of Vimy Ridge

50 - LMF to parents, 15 April 1917

51 - CGF to parents, 22 April 1917

52 - LMF to parents, 25 April 1917

53 - LMF to parents, 30 April 1917

54 - CGF to parents, 30 April 1917

Folder 3:

55 - CGF to parents, 6 May 1917

56 - LMF to parents, 7 May 1917

57 - CGF to parents, 13 May 1917

58 - LMF to parents, 14 May 1917

59 - LMF to parents, 20 May 1917

60 - CGF to parents, 20 May 1917

61 - LMF to parents, 28 may 1917

62 - CGF to parents, 28 May 1917

63 - LMF to parents, 4 June 1917

64 - CGF to parents, 4 June 1917

65 - LMF to parents, 6 June 1917

66 - LMF to parents, 10 June 1917

67 - CGF to parents, 10 June 1917

68 - LMF to parents, 18 June 1917

69 - CGF to parents, 25 June 1917

70 - LMF to parents, 26 June 1917

71 - LMF to parents, 7 July 1917

72 - CGF to parents, 9 July 1917

73 - LMF to parents, 19 July 1917

74 - CGF to parents, 21 July 1917

75 - LMF to parents, 30 July 1917

76 - LMF to parents, 2 Aug 1917

77 - Telegram LMF to father for ten pounds on leaving for France

78 - LMF to parents, 5 Aug 1917

Box 2

Folder 1:

79 - LMF to parents, 10 Aug 1917

80 - Slip of paper in father's writing re: circulation of LMF's and CGF's letters among family

81 - LMF to parents, 15 Aug 1917

82 - CGF to parents, 15 Aug 1917

83 - LMF to parents, 19 Aug 1917

84 - LMF to parents, 27 Aug 1917

85 - CGF to parents, 29 Aug 1917

86 - CGF to parents, 5 Sept 1917

87 - LMF to parents, 9 Sept 1917

88 - LMF to parents, 16 Sept 1917

89 - CGF to parents, 19 Sept 1917

90 - LMF to parents, 20 Sept 1917

91 - LMF to parents, 1 Oct 1917

92 - Two maps used in the Passchendaele campaign covering the back areas: (1) Belgium and part of France, (2) an enlarged portion of (1)

93 - CGF to parents, 9 Oct 1917

94 - LMF to parents, 13 Oct 1917

95 - LMF to parents, 21 Oct 1917

96 - CGF to parents, 23 Oct 1917

97 - CGF to parents, 28 Oct 1917

98 - LMF to parents, 31 Oct 1917

99 - CGF to parents, 3 Nov 1917

100- CGF to parents, 5 Nov 1917

101- LMF to parents, 6 Nov 1917

102- LMF to parents, 2 Dec 1917

103- CGF to parents, 3 Dec 1917

104- LMF to parents, 6 Dec 1917

105- LMF to parents, 12 Dec 1917

106- LMF to parents, 26 Dec 1917

Folder 2:

107- CGF to parents, 4 Jan 1918

108- LMF to parents, 4 Jan 1918

109- LMF to parents, 15 Jan 1918

110- CGF to parents, 24 Jan 1918

111- CGF to parents, 3 Feb 1918

112- LMF to parents, 5 Feb 1918

113- LMF to parents, 14 Feb 1918

114- CGF to parents, 21 Feb 1918

115- LMF to parents, 22 Feb 1918

116- CGF to parents, 24 Feb 1918

Map

117- The Lens Sector - used by Liet. L.V. Shier

118- Neuville Vitasse Trench and Defence Map showing Enemy Organization

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119- LMF to parents, 3 March 1918

120- CGF to parents, 10 March 1918

121- LMF to parents, 11 March 1918

122- LMF to parents, 17 March 1918

123- CGF to parents, 20 March 1918

124- CGF to parents, 23 March 1918

125- LMF to parents, 25 March 1918

Field Service Card

126- Field Service Card written by LMF on going into battle, 27 March 1918

127- Field Service Card sent by CGF, 27 March 1918

Letter

128- LMF to parents, 28 March 1918

129- CGF to parents, 31 March 1918

Map

130- Showing enemy rear organization on the Neuville Vitasse front

Letter

131- Pugsley to Mr. and Mrs. Frost, 1 April 1918

132- re: LMF - Official Telegram from Director of Records, War Office, advising of wound, 4 April 1918

Post Card

133- LMF from Price of Wales Hospital, 5 June 1918

Telegram

134- Telegram from LMF, Prince of Wales Hospital, 5 April 1918

Letter

135- LMF to parents, 7 April 1918 from Hospital

136- LMF to parents, 14 April 1918 from Hospital

137- LMF to parents, 21 April 1918

138- CGF to parents, 25 April 1918

139- LMF to parents, 28 April 1918

Folder 3:

140- LMF to parents, 5 May 1918

141- LMF to parents, 12 May 1918

142- LMF to parents, 19 may 1918

143- LMF to parents, 26 May 1918

144- LMF to parents, 2 June 1918

145- LMF to parents, 9 June 1918

146- LMF to parents, 16 June 1918

147- LMF to parents, 23 June 1918

148- CGF to parents, 24 June 1918

149- LMF to parents, 30 June 1918

150- CGF to parents, 26 July 1918

Telegram

151- from War Office advising of serious illness of LMF, 30 July 1918

152- from Mrs. Peuchen to Dr. Ardagh re: LMF's operation, 1 Aug 1918

153- from Mrs. Peuchen to WSF, 3 August 1918

154- from Mrs. Peichen to WSF, 5 August 1918

Letter

155- CGF to parents, 16 Oct 1918

Telegram

156- from Director od Records War Office re: CGF's wounds, 17 Oct 1918

Letter

157- from Mother MJF to LMF, 14 Oct 1918

158- from Mother MJF to LMF, 20 Oct 1918

159- CGF to parents, 20 Oct 1918

160- from LMF from London advising of CGF's, 21 Oct 1918

161- from CGF about his wound, 23 Oct 1918

162- from Mother WJF to LMF, 30 Oct 1918

163- from CGF to parents, 17 Nov 1918

164- from Kary J. Zufelt, Beeton to LMF re: CGF's first trip in the line (written after CGF's death, dated 26 Nov 1951

165- CGF to parents, 20 Nov 1918

166- CGF to parents, 4 Jan 1919

167- CGF to parents, 13 Jan 1919

168- CGF to parents, 3 Feb 1919

169- CGF to parents, 9 Feb 1919

170- CGF to parents, 14 Feb 1919

171- CGF to parents, 24 March 1919

172- CGF to parents, 9 May 1919

173- LMF to parents, 28 Nov 1920

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Miscellaneous Papers

174- of CGF - drafts on Royal Bank of Canada, copies of commissions etc.

175- Appointment LMF Hon Lieutenant Colonel Queen's York Rangers and subsequently Honorary Colonel, Queen's York Rangers - CGF's appointment Honorary Colonel, Midland Regiment - Range Finder and Slope Card belonging to LMF

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Field note book carried by LMF at the time he was wounded (31 March 1918) - note the bullet hole.

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