Fred Yates volunteered for military service in April 1915 and was drafted to France a year later. His work entailed important transport duties and took him into many areas of conflict. He was present at the heavy fighting on the Somme, Ypres and Cambrai fronts. He was invalided out of the service with influenza and died from its effects in January 1919. He was awarded the General Service medal and the Victory medal.
Fred was 21 years of age when he died and was the youngest son of Walter and Mary Yates who lived at 21 Asplin Cottages, Milton Malsor. Fred was born at Eagle Terrace, Milton Malsor.