2nd Lt Frederick Boast. 2nd Bn. South Lancashire Regiment

1899 Mar 15. Born. Boast was Son of Maj. Sydney Thomas Boast, M.C., D.C.M., (2nd Bn. South Lancashire Regt.) and Ellen Boast, of "Arano," Birtles Rd., Orford, Warrington.

1901 census living at 162, Battersby Lane, Warrington

1911 census at Orford Barracks, Warrington

1913 Mar 13. Enlisted in S Staffordshire at The Curragh as a "boy soldier"

1915 Nov 29.Docked 10 days pay by CO "for obtaining rations by false pretences"

1917 Dec 7. Promoted L/Cpl

1918 Mar 13. To France

1918 Mar 20 To 2nd battalion

1918 Apr 14. Promoted Cpl

1918 Jul 19 Commissioned 2nd Lt in S Lancs and posted 1/5 battalion. S. Lan. R.—Corpl. Frederick Boast. July 1918.

1918 Sep Posted 2nd battalion

1919 Feb Returned to England

1919 Apr Posted to "F S details" of 2nd battalion at Chisildon

1919 May . Moved with 2nd battalion to Barrow

1919 Jul, Moved with 2nd battalion to Colchester

1919 Dec 28 Died in Dublin

Frederick Boast was shot in the Phoenix Park Dublin on Sunday the 28th of December 1919 when as officer in charge of the guard at the Vice Regal Lodge he heard shots coming from the direction of the park. When he went, with four other soldiers, to investigate he challenged a civilian who refused to stop. A struggle ensued in which Boast was shot, the civilian was wounded but again was alleged fired at the soldiers when an ambulance arrived, the soldiers returned fire killing the civilian. The evidence given by the soldiers on Boast's patrol was not that convincing and the jury recorded a verdict that one of them accidentally shot Boast

Among the patrol were the following men of 2nd S outh Lancs

The reports of the Inquest

And on the civilian, Laurence Kennedy. The coroner said "we consider that the military acted in a heartless way"

1920 Jul 7. Probate to his sister Hilda

British Soldiers died in Ireland