The son of George and Amy Billings of Tilbury, On. Lived and attended Public School in Tilbury where he was also a member of the Tilbury Public School – Boy Scouts, attending a Scout camp in London, ON. in the summer of 1913.
Fred enlisted in the 91st Bn. at st. Thomas, ON. 3/06/1916 at the age of 18 yrs. He transferred fron the 91st Bn. to the 186th overseas Bn. 28/02/16. Before going overseas he attended a ‘bombing’ training course at Camp Bordon. He embarked 28/03/1917 from Halifax, NS. aboard the S. S. Lapland his name appears on the “Nominal Roll of the 186th Bn. leaving for England.
Once in Engalnd he underwent more training at Bramshot Camp until April18, when he crossed to France in a draft for the 1st Bn. During the Battle of Arras he was wounded in the leg, admitted to the Letroport Hospital on the 16th of April suffering a gun shot wound in his left leg. He would return to active service 8/08/1918 in time for the CEF’s actions around Cambria / Armiens where he would be wounded the second time in both hips. He would be hospitalized once again. TT 6/02/19.