Frederick Percy Cliff was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of Francis and Alice Cliff. In 1901, they were at 141 Steelhouse Lane, together with Frederick’s brother Clarence. Later the family moved to “Avondale”, 136, Gorsebrook Road.
Frederick was in the Territorials and then enlisted with the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 2192). On 13 October 1915 he was initially reported as wounded and missing. In early 1916, his mother inserted an appeal in the Express & Star, asking for any information on him. As a result, she was informed by one of his comrades, John Speak of the Royal Army Medical Corps, that Frederick Cliff had been buried by some soldiers on 14 October and had lost his identification disc. A letter appeared in the newspaper on 10 February 1916 from Mrs Cliff, (although this incorrectly has his initials as “F. A. Cliff”) stating that she was “very grateful for the news, for though sad it relieves my suspense.” More details including a photograph appeared in the Express & Star on 1 March 1916. It seems that Frederick was wounded while trying to save his officer, who had both legs shattered. According to the officer, Frederick, “under heavy machine gun, rifle and shell fire, remained with him and tied up his wounds, and did his utmost to get him in, and in doing so was himself unfortunately hit.” He is commemorated at the Loos Memorial.