Frederick George Oates was born in 1891 in South Kirkby. The family moved to Askern and was recorded in the 1901 census living in Church Street. Frederick’s father also called Frederick was a Groom. In the 1911 census the family had moved to East Laith Gate, Frederick senior was a coachman for a medical doctor and Frederick junior was a grocer’s drayman.
Frederick’s younger brother John Willie Oates served with the Kings Royal Rifles and was killed in action in 1915.
Frederick enlisted with the K.O.Y.L.I. on the 11th December 1915 but was transferred to the Yorkshire Regmt. and also served with the West Yorkshire Regmt and the Royal Defence Corp. He served in Malta and France. Frederick was wounded on the 22nd June, 1917 and was shipped home on the hospital ship “Jan Breydel”. Frederick survived the war.