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The son of John and Gertrude Brookes, Frederick was born in Wolverhampton on 2 June 1899. In 1911, they were living at 52 North Street, Wednesfield, along with Frederick’s sisters Gertrude, Elizabeth Jane, Hattie and Daisy. At some point before the War broke out, Frederick worked for the Weldless Steel Tube Company Ltd as a tube works oiler.

On 19 June 1917, he enlisted with the Royal Navy  (Number K43616). Starting off with Victory II, he served on various ships, and survived the war. He married Florrie M. Bellfield in Wolverhampton in 1912. However, unfortunately, he did not see out the 12 years’ service with the Royal Navy that he signed up for, as he died after being “accidentally drowned” on 5 January 1925. He appears on the Roll of Honour of the Weldless Steel Tube Company Ltd as a former employee who survived the war.