Stephen Arthur Frith was born at West Derby on the 28th December 1895, the eldest son of Stephen Frith and Mary Elizabeth (nee Davies).
His parents were both born at Liverpool. They were married at St.Matthew's C.of E. Church, Liverpool in 1891.
His only brother, Reginald Joseph, was born at Sefton Park in 1900.
At the time of the 1901 census the family were living at 14 Gainsborough Road, Sefton Park and Stephen Frith senior was employed as a rubber merchant's manager. Mary Frith's unmarried brother, Richard Davies who was a clerk with the Liverpool Gas Company, was also living with the family.
The Friths had moved to 12 The Summit, Wallasey by 1911. Stephen Arthur, aged sixteen, was working as a shipping clerk and his father was a commercial traveller for a rubber manufacturer.
Stephen Arthur Frith's service records have not survived. His medal card records that he served with the King's Liverpool Regiment (service no 44262).
He had risen to the rank of Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant when he was killed in action on the 16th April 1918.
De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour (volume five, page 63) contains the following biography.
FRITH, STEPHEN ARTHUR, Regtl. Quartermaster-Sergt., No.49802. The Labour Corps, elder s. of Stephen Frith, of 4, Manor Lane, Wallasey, Commercial Traveller, by his wife, Mary Elizabeth, dau. of Richard Davies, of Liverpool; b. Liverpool, co. Lancaster, 28 Dec. 1894; educ. Higher Elementary School, New Brighton; was in the employ of the Liverpool Gas Company Treasurer's Department, and Organist of St.John's, Birkenhead; volunteered for active service, but was five times rejected on account of ill health; was subsequently accepted, and enlisted in the Welsh Regt. 20 March, 1916; was later transferred to the King's (Liverpool Regt.), and then to the Labour Corps; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 19 March, 1917, being employed at the Labour Corps Headquarters, and was killed in action by the bursting of a shell 16 April, 1918. Buried at Berthen. His Major wrote: "I have missed him very much, as I always looked on him as one of my friends, and we had a lot to do with each other in our work." He was an accomplished musician, and had been organist of the Mariners' Home, and St.Thomas's Church, Liscard, before becoming that of St.John's, Birkenhead; unm.
His brother Reginald Joseph Frith enlisted with the 3rd battalion King's Liverpool Regiment (service no 115978) on the 7th August 1918. He did not serve overseas and was discharged on the 6th August 1919. He was the recipient of a Silver War Badge.
Reginald died at Birkenhead in 1922, aged twenty-one.