Frederick was born in Wilmslow, Cheshire on 9 April 1896, the son of Edmund Charles Antrobus and Rosa Anna Antrobus. By the time of the Great War, the family was living at 13 Norwood Road, Great Moor, Stockport. Frederick had a sister, Dorothy (born 1901) and four brothers Sydney (born 1889. Served with 215 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery during the War), Harold (1892), Edmund (1895. Served aboard HMS Gunner during the War) and Arthur (1907).
He attended Great Moor School in 1903 and, later, Hazel Grove Wesleyan Day School. He worshipped at St Saviour’s C of E Church and was a member of the St George’s Lads’ Drill Company.
After leaving school, he went to work at Peel, Watson & Co, 6 Parker Street, Manchester The Company’s entry in the Manchester Battalions Roll of Honour (page 585) shows that he was one of 50 employees who served during the War. It’s believed that, from his original service number of 2471, he may have been a pre-war member of the Territorials or joined within a very few days of War being declared. The Battalion’s early months of service are described here.
At some point, around late 1916/early 1917, he must have been serving with the 1/4th Battalion. At that time army service numbers for Territorial soldiers were changed to six-digit ones and batches of numbers allocated to specific Battalions. 205089 is one definitely allocated to the 1/4th and he must have been transferred back to the 1/6th not long before he died.
Frederick is recorded as having “died of wounds” whilst he was in hospital at Boulogne. It is not possible to be certain he was injured but the Battalion had been in a major attack a few days before on 31 July. Click here for an account of the attack.