Force: Wellington Mounted Rifles
Born 21 September 1884
Frederick enlisted on 1 July in Taranaki with 1 Squadron, 6th Reinforcements, Wellington Mounted Rifles as Trooper/Driver. His Serial Number was 11/1632. His next of kin is listed as Charlotte H Burgess of Pahiatua. He departed on the ship HMNZT "Waitemata" on 18 September arriving at Suez on 25 October and marched to Zeitoun Camp. Training continued including many days of heavy work moving food and materials from place to place on horse-drawn wagons. In late December all available beds were vacated for the troops evacuated from Gallipoli.
In January the Main Body moved to Ismalia and Serapeum. The daily routine of carting, cleaning and tending horses continued, often involving collecting material from the nearest rail head. In April the Prince of Wales and Gen Birchwood visited the camp. In May a number of references to enemy aircraft indicates a change in the technology associated with the war. At the end of May there was fighting close by. In June there was a brief respite and Frederick took leave in Cairo. Fred’s Regiment was involved in a number of “stunts” [skirmishes]. In August there were some serious artillery shelling and fighting and a number of attacks by German aircraft, and there was an outbreak of cholera. The year ended with leave and convalescence in Cairo.
Frederick rejoined his regiment at El Arish and was immediately involved in rounding up prisoners after the battle. In February he did some training with Vickers machine guns and was also a stretcher bearer. He ws involved in digging trenches for defensive position and also instructed in the use of gas masks. A number of casualties were cleared from German air attacks and there was Turkish shelling and machine gun fire. In June Frederick took some leave at Alexandria. In July there was an outbreak of measles and he spent some time in hospital during August, rejoining his regiment mid-September at Kantara. In November Frederick moved to Beersheba after Australians captured it from the Turks.