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Frederick was born in Wolverhampton in 1899, the son of Charles James and Emily Jane Davies. He was baptised at St Mark’s Church, Wolverhampton, on 4 September 1901, by which date his address was given as 37 Middle Vauxhall. I have been unable to confirm his details in the 1901 or 1911 censuses.

On 31 August 1914 and again on 30 October 1914, Frederick’s name was listed in the Express & Star as one of the many men who had signed the newspaper’s “Comrades in Arms” movement and had joined the ranks of the non-manual companies. Frederick’s address by this date was given as 89 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton. However, I have been unable to confirm further details of his military service. He does appear to have survived the war, however, as there is a Frederick Charles Davies with a birth date of 30 September 1899 who died in South Staffordshire at the age of 80 in 1980.