2nd Lieutenant, 10th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment.
Killed in action 10th July 1916, age 19.
Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
Student of mechanical engineering.
Frederick was born on 22nd August 1896 at Crewe to John Woodhouse, a farm manager from Crewe. He was educated at West Street Council School, Crewe; Crewe County Secondary School, and Berkhamstead School. In 1913, he entered Manchester University as a Cheshire County Council Scholar to study mechanical engineering. At 6’ 3” in height, he was a keen cricketer and footballer.
Frederick was a member of the University Officer Training Corp from October 1914 to February 1915 when he was gazetted to 10th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment and died on 10th July 1916. A letter written by a friend, Private Usher, explains, in part, how Frederick met his death “. . . if ever a man deserved the VC, it was Mr. Woodhouse, as he was out all day attending to our wounded, bringing them in, carrying them and dragging them by their feet. He must have saved 30 lives.” A fellow officer wrote that he was “a most capable officer and self sacrificing, loved by his men and a great favourite with all. He did his duty nobly and his courage and devotion will always be a pattern to us all”.
Frederick left effects worth £172 8s 2d to his father.