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The son of William and Lilian Medlicott, Frederick was born in Solihull in 1896. In 1901, the were living in Blymhill, Staffordshire, along with Frederick’s brothers Harold William, Gerald Arthur and Edwin Charles. They were still there in 1911, along with further siblings Stanley Ernest, Albert Henry, Minnie Elizabeth and Mary Evelyn. Frederick had become a garden labourer.

At some point the family moved to Wolverhampton. Frederick Medlicott certainly served during the war, but was discharged early and issued with a Silver War badge. Frederick married Mary Howells in Wolverhampton in 1918, and they had a daughter, Mary E., born in 1919. He died in Wolverhampton in 1920.

However, it is unclear which regiment he served with. On 10 November 1916, the Express & Star listed a Lance Corporal F. Medlicott from Wolverhampton, of the Royal West Kent Regiment as having been wounded. This man enlisted on 11 August 1914 (number G/16355), but was discharged on 19 October 1917 due to wounds. His Silver War Badge (number 255134) was issued on 18 October 1917.

The Wolverhampton Roll of Honour, on the other hand, lists his name as a Private serving with the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment (so presumably his death, although not listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site) was linked to his war service. The Frederick Medlicott who served with the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment (service number 16341) enlisted on 17 December 1914, first serving in France from 4 May 1915. He was discharged due to sickness on 12 July 1917, and was issued with the Silver War Badge (number 264009) on 30 October 1917.

One of these sources is probably incorrect in linking this man to Wolverhampton. It is more likely that the Roll of Remembrance is the correct information, as this would have been provided by the family.