Frederick's parents, Thomas & Margaret lived at Rosslyn, Madison Avenue, Cheadle Hulme and it is presumed that he lived with them. The parents subsequently moved to Lindow End Farm, Great Warford, Cheshire. Margaret may be Margaret Booth who, in 1885, married a Thomas Mills at St Mary's Church, Cheadle. A few months before, the birth of a Frederick Thomas Mills had been registered at Altrincham.
Before joining the army, Frederick had worked for the British Law & Fire Insurance Co for the previous 14 years. In his spare time he played cricket in the summer and lacrosse in the winter, being a member of both Cheadle Hulme clubs. Frederick was engaged to be married but the name of his fiancée is not known.
He enlisted at Manchester in early September 1914 and, within days, was on a ship bound for Egypt where he spent the next seven months. An account of these times can be found here. By early May 1915, training was complete and the Battalion left Egypt to go into action at Gallipoli. Less than a month later, Frederick was killed in this attack on Turkish positions.
Two of Frederick's brothers also served with the Manchester's