Fred was a 21 year-old iron worker when he enlisted 31 July 1916.
He was the son of Mrs Annie Elizabeth Baker, Cowper Street, Harris Park, Parramatta and had a wife, Eva Emily. He was about five foot five inches tall had blue grey eyes and dark brown hair. After six month in an English training camp he joined the 13 Battalion in France 23 October 1917 as a signaller. He was wounded in action suffering a gunshot wound to the right hand, 4 April 1918. Fred left England for Sydney 18 August 1919.