Frederick had been born in Levenshulme, Manchester. His birth was registered at Chorlton between July and September 1886. The 1901 Census records that his father, Joseph, then aged 53, had been born in Warton, Lancashire and was a railway stationmaster (at Heaton Chapel Station). His mother, Sarah, was aged 55 and had been born in Leamington.
The Census also shows that, at 14, Frederick was the youngest of the children. Also recorded were Charles (17, born Levenshulme, a clerk at a railway food department), Ellen (23, born Denton, a dressmaker), Harriett (18, born Levenshulme), Millicent (20, born Levenshulme, school teacher) and William (21, born Denton, a clerk)
Frederick worked for John Heywood & Sons, Ltd, printers and stationers, Manchester. He enlisted at Stockport into the local Territorial Battalion. His original number, 5225, is not an early one and it is probable he did not join up until 1916. He was killed during an attack, described here, on the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres.