Fred was the third youngest of George and Eliza Brixey’s eight children. In 1911, six of the children, including Fred, were living with their parents at 44 Liverpool Street, Southampton, which had been the family home for many years. He was 15 years of age and working as an errand boy.
Fred enlisted with the Wiltshire Regiment, which moved from campaigns in Gallipoli and Egypt to the battlefields of Mesopotamia in February 1916. He died of wounds on 1st February 1917 and is buried in Amara Cemetery in Iraq. Amara was a hospital centre for troops who were serving in the area.
When reporting his death in an article published on 21st February 1917, the Southampton and District Pictorial reported that Fred had died of wounds in Mesopotamia, and that “before joining the colours he was appointed as Assistant Secretary of the Bevois Town Primitive Methodist Sunday School which he had been connected with all his life”.
In March 1917, a further article gave information about the five sons of Mr and Mrs Brixey who were fighting in the war. Albert had served with the Wiltshire Regiment and had recently been killed in action. His brother Albert had died in India the previous year after serving 13 and a half years with the 21st Lancers, brothers Charles and Harold were serving with the Hampshire Regiment, and Peter was serving with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.