Born in 1893 in Hertford son of his mother is Elizabeth Nunn, he was one of 12 children. His mother is listed as a widow in 1891 and lodging with Thomas Ebbs, with four of her children, at 5 Bircherly Street, Hertford. By 1901 she was living at 19 Hartham Lane, Hertford and shown as being the housekeeper to Thomas and Frederick is listed as his son, along with two of his siblings. In 1911 Frederick is at 5 Hartham Lane, along with his mother, who is employed as a laundress and Thomas (listed as a boarder) who is employed as a brewery labourer, whilst Frederick is employed as an oil cane trimmer. He retains his mother’s name.