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Frederick was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of John James and Elizabeth Cheese. In 1901 they were at 25 Ashland Street, and in 1911 at 205 Great Brickkiln Street, Wolverhampton, together with Frederick’s sister Nellie and brother Ernest. Frederick was a bricklayer. In 1914, Frederick married Nellie Weaver, and the couple had a son, Frederick N., in 1916. Unfortunately, Nellie died in the same quarter, March 1916, so it is possible she died in childbirth.

Frederick enlisted with the Royal Engineers (number 187793) and then with the 11th Battalion of the South Wales Borders (number 44380), rising to the rank of Lance Corporal. He was killed in action on 31 Jul 1917, and is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He is presumably the “F. Cheese” listed on the St John’s Church War Memorial.