Frederick was born in Wolverhampton in 1883. In 1901 he was living at 12 Peel Street, together with his mother, Mary, sisters Sarah A. and Lily and brother William. By 1911 they had moved to 21 St Mark Street, Wolverhampton, and the household only consisted of Frederick, his mother, brother William Henry and sister Lily. On both census Frederick was listed as a plasterer.
Frederick enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and became an Acting Corporal. His service number changed from 7270, to 64474, then finally to 3235056. He was wounded in France, but survived the war, dying in Peshawar, India, on 2 January 1921. He is commemorated on the Delhi Memorial (India Gate)