Frederick was the son of Olbin Houghton who lived on Carrington Road, Stockport. As a boy, he had played football for Park Albion. He attracted the attention of Stockport County FC and signed for them to play as a full-back. This was a semi-professional job and Fredercik still maintained a full-time position at the Portwood Spinning Company.
He was married to Emily and, between May and July 1915, he went into Stockport and enlisted in the army.
Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) was part of the Turkish Ottoman empire and an ally of Germany. Then as now, Britain relied heavily on oil from the area. When war broke out in August 1914, British troops were quickly sent to the area to protect its interests by occupying the oilfields and pipeline near Basra.
Conditions for the men were appalling. Extremes of temperature (120 degrees F was common); arid desert and regular flooding; flies, mosquitoes and other vermin: all led to very high levels of sickness and death through disease. Under these conditions, units fell short of officers and men, and all too often the reinforcements were half-trained and ill-equipped. Medical arrangements were quite shocking, with wounded men spending up to two weeks on boats before reaching any kind of hospital. The local newspaper reported only that William had died of "fever".
After the War, Emily married a Mr Hadfield and was living at "Brooklyn", Hawksbury River, Sydney, Australia.