Born Frederick Ernest Anscombe, Southampton. Frederick grew up with parents Frederick and Marion Anscombe, younger brothers Harold and Arthur and younger sister Winnie at 8 Saxon Road, Freemantle, Southampton.
Before he had been enlisted in the army he was working as a glass and China Salesman.
He first joined the Devon and Cornwall Light Infantry after later being transferred to serve as a Private in the 8th Battalion for the Devonshire Regiment. The 8th battalion had embarked for France in October 1914 and had remained fighting in the Western Front since then.
It was during the Battle of Ypres on the 26th October 1917 that he was killed in action. He was buried at Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. His mother Marion was widowed and living in Salisbury when contacted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission of her son’s death.