Fred was born in Oswaldtwistle and the family moved to Burnley in 1902.
He saw action in Gallipoli, then Mesopotamia. His family received his last letter from there 16th May, 1916.
Fred accidentally drowned in the River Tigris a month later. The news of his death, in common with virtually all those from Burnley, was reported in the local press. As the deaths increased, in number the obituaries got shorter.