Frederick was born in Bacchus Marsh, VIC in 1895 to John Simmons and Emma Jane Saunders.
Frederick had been a teacher and was a public servant preparing for his Law Examination(3) and a Lieutenant with the 56th Battalion of the Militia - The Yarra Borderers(3) - when he enlisted in the AIF, 3rd Pioneer Battalion on the 22nd of March 1916, aged 21. He was promoted to Sergeant in May before he embarked aboard the HMAT A62 Wandilla in June, disembarking at Plymouth, England in late July.
From September to October 1916 Frederick attended Officer Training School, Tidworth and was appointed Second Lieutenant in early November before proceeding to France. One of his duties was the censoring(4) of other soldier's mail. Frederick was reported missing in action on the 29th of December - last seen riding a bicycle beside the Lys River (Canal) from Armentieres to Houplines, France. His body was recovered from the river in February 1917.
One of his friends has written to say, that he wentSource: The Bacchus Marsh Express 24 Mar 1917exploring,and was never seen again.
Frederick was buried in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France.
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