Frederick Joseph Highfield was born in Lambeth on 6 May 1888, the son of Edward and May Highfield. The family moved back to Edward’s home town of Wolverhampton, and by 1901 were living at 27 Brunswick Street, together with Frederick’s brothers, Arthur and Edward.
He became a Corporal in the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 7744), but was taken prisoner on 26 October 1914 in Krusecke, and kept at Gottingen, in the province of Hanover. He wrote a letter to his mother, now living at 129 Green Lane, part of which was reproduced in the Express & Star on 10 November 1914. He stated:
There are a good few of our battalion here. I don’t know how long I shall be here, but I will write as long as it is possible to do so. I think I am allowed to receive plain letters from you, but don’t send anything else unless I tell you.
He later moved to a camp at Wittenberg. He arrived in Holland on 30 April 1918. He was repatriated and arrived back in Hull on the S. S. “Arbroath” on the 10 November 1918.
He married Kate Hayward in 1920 and they had two children, Frederick A. and Kate L., born in 1921 and 1922. Frederick’s wife, Kate, died at the age of 25 in 1922, possibly in childbirth as the registration month is the same as that of her daughter, Kate L. Frederick remarried to a Gladys Matthews in 1927, and they had two further children, Ronald H. and Eileen M., between 1930 and 1934. Frederick himself died at the age of 70 in 1940.