The son of William Arthur and Mary A. Chinn, Frederick was born in Wolverhampton in 1895. In 1901, the family were living at 6 Grove Street, together with Frederick’s brother, George, and sisters, Lily and Elsie. Frederick’s father died in 1905, so by 1911 the family were boarding at the house of William Crockett at 173 Great Chapel Street, Wolverhampton. By this date, Frederick was a stamper in a tool works.
Not long after the declaration of war, Frederick signed up with the 8th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 11371). He was killed in action on 10 September 1915, “by the bursting of a shell in front of a trench in which Chinn was stationed”, according to the article that appeared in the Express & Star 21 September 1915. This article confirmed that he worked as an edge tool grinder for Messrs. Perks and Sons, Monmore Green. He is buried at the Voormezeele Enclosure No 3 in Belgium.