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Frederick Charles Banting was born in Wolverhampton on 25 September 1897, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Banting. He was baptised in St Andrew’s Church on 22 December 1898. In 1901, the family were at 77 Gorsebrook Road, with the household consisting of Frederick, his parents, sisters Clara A., Rose H., Gertrude E., Edith A., brothers Thomas W. and Arthur R, and visitor George Banting. By 1911 they had moved to 265 Dunstall Road, and this time the household, alongside Frederick, included his father Robert Banting, mother Elizabeth Banting, brothers Arthur Robert and John Gill Banting, and sisters Edith Alice, Elizabeth Caroline and Evelyn Daisy Banting.

Frederick enlisted in the 2nd/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3736). He was killed on 29 April 1916, which was reported in the Express & Star, under the heading “Nine Black Country Men Killed”, on 12 May 1916. As well as the Grangegorman Military Cemetery, he also appears on the Monmoor and Victoria Works Memorial, indicating that he worked there at some point.