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2nd Lieutenant, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, attached 4th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Died of wounds on Monday 10th May 1915, age 23.

Buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, France.

Former student of sanitary engineering.


 

Frederick was born at Southport on 25th July 1891 to Charles and Alice Holmes. He was educated at Stockport Grammar School and in 1909 entered Manchester University. In 1912 he obtained a Certificate in Technology (Sanitary Engineering). He was a prominent member of the Faculty of Technology’s Student Union, and was distinguished as a runner and as a swimmer at the Annual Sports. He was articled to the Borough Surveyor of Leamington.

From March 1911 to September 1913 Frederick was a member of the University Officer Training Corps. In September 1914 he joined the 19th Battalion Royal Fusiliers as a private, but was quickly selected for a commission in October 1914 with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was later attached to 4th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and proceeded to France with them on 8th May 1915. He died just two days later of wounds received during the Rue de Bois engagement which was part of the Battle of Aubers Ridge. In a letter to Frederick’s family W.D. Sanderson the commanding officer of the battalion wrote “The poor lad only joined the battalion on the Saturday. It was very sad that he should give up his young life for King and Country”.

Frederick left £2454 1s 8d to his father who was listed as an auctioneer.