He had enlisted in the
Middlesex Regiment on 8 April 1907, having previously served in the 4th
Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment (Herts Militia), and was given the
Regimental Number L/11580. Following a period of being attached to the
Regimental Depot, he joined the 2nd Battalion in July 1907 and
served with them until January 1909, when he joined the 1st
Battalion. Frederick saw service with the Regiment in Aden and the Middle
East before returning to the UK, where his service time was extended.
Following the outbreak
of the Great War, the Battalion were sent to France and Frederick arrived
there on there on the 11 August 1914. He served with them continually
throughout the early stages of the war and was described as honest, sober,
hardworking, reliable, steady and intelligent. He had acted as a Regimental
Policeman for 18 months and as a Battalion Cook for 9 months.
On the 2nd January,
1915, the 19th Infantry Brigade marched from Armentières, three miles south,
to relieve the 16th Infantry Brigade in front-line trenches running between
Touquet and Rue du Bois. The 1st Middlesex relieved a battalion of the
Leicestershire Regiment, three Companies ("B", "C" and
"D") in the front line, "A" Company in support. The
relief was completed by 9.30 p.m.
Until the 18th of the
month the 1st Battalion remained in the trenches, ekeing out an existence
terrible in the extreme. On the 3rd January (the day following the relief of
the Leicesters) the Battalion Diary records: "Still in trenches, which
are very bad, full of mud and water up to the men's knees in many places.
Raining all day." And for several days the same note of misery is
contained in the Diary: "Still in trenches, weather terrible, mud and
water dreadful... Working all day to try and keep the trenches standing. Rain
causes dug-outs to fall in, and parapets to disappear. Fascines and sand-bags
all sink into the mud... Raining hard again. Trenches very bad "-and so
on! Relief came on the 18th, but only four days were spent out of the line.
On the 24 January 1914
Frederick was wounded whilst the Battalion were back in the frontline near
Armentieres, and died of his injuries later that day. A note in his service
record shows that he was originally buried in an unreported location but his
body was recovered and reburied in the Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La