Frederick was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of Frederick William and Amy Maria Fairclough. In 1901, Frederick, his brother George Edward, and his father, were boarding in the home of Emma Webb at 35 Swan Street, Wolverhampton. By 1911, he was at 5 Wyrley Street, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, together with both his parents, and siblings George Edward, John William, Charles Ambrose and Thomas Sydney. The names of two further children, William and Amy Maria, were written in and crossed out, with the word “dead” next to them. Frederick was an Edge Tool Fitter at an iron warehouse. Frederick married Amy M. Rutter in Wolverhampton in 1914, and the couple had three children – Mary H. (1912), James (1915) and Joseph (1916).
Frederick enlisted as a Sapper with the Royal Engineers (service number 284262). He served with the 98th Light Railway Train Crew Company. He drowned at sea on 31 December 1917. He is remembered at the Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt, as well as on the memorial at Wolverhampton Railway Station.