Blown to the floor by an exploding shell in the centre of the village of St. Jean, Second Lieutenant Harvey Frost, looked down at his feet to be greeted by the face of Jesus Christ.
“Head of “Christus” from the way-side Calvary at the entrance to the churchyard at St Jean. This fragment was found lying in the middle of the road after the bombardment during the Gas Attack of December 19th 1915”
The small plaster head of christ, which has been blown from its roadside position, was picked up by Frost who put it into his pocket and kept it with him as a good luck charm for the remainder of his war service.
Frost would later to transfer to No. 5 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, and was later shot down by the famous German ace, Max Immelmann, who later presented him with a souvenir pipe which is also displayed in the Suffolk Regiment Museum.
Welcome to our online 'blog' charting the history of the many Battalions of the Suffolk Regiment and the part they played in the Great War.
Starting back in March 2014, we have recorded the events of 100 years ago on the centenary of their happening.
Keep checking back to see how the Great War is progressing for the men of the Suffolk Regiment.