Frederick enlisted on 3rd July 1903. He was 19 years old at the time, and a Porter by trade. On the outbreak of war he was mobilized to serve with the 2nd Field Ambulance, entering the war with them on 19th August 1914. On 27th July 1916 he became unwell and was evacuated back, passing through No 36 Casualty Clearing Station he was admitted into No 39 General Hospital the same day. He remained there until 8th August 1916 when he reported to Base Details in Rouen. On 14th August he was posted to serve with No 33 Casualty Clearing Station, but was transferred to serve with No 2 Motor Ambulance Convoy on the 4th October. He remained with this unit until 24th February 1917, when he transferred to the 2/3rd London Field Ambulance. On 5th May 1917 he received a gun shot wound to his right thigh. He was evacuated back, via No 6 Stationary Hospital, to No 14 General Hospital, arriving the next day. On 6th May 1917 he was evacuated back to England. After he recovered he was posted to Blackpool. He returned to France, via Southampton, embarking on 4th December 1917, he disembarked at Havre the following day. On 9th December he joined the headquarters of the Ambulance Trains in Abberville, and began serving on No 36 Ambulance Train from 22nd December. On 2nd July 1918 he was transferred to serve with No 41 Ambulance Train, leaving France with the unit on 3rd July, he arrived in Italy on the 7th. He remained with this unit until the end of the war. He was transferred to Class Z Army Reserve on 26th February 1919.