Baptised in Wheatley in on 2 March 1890, son of Richard Henry Life and Annie Elizabeth. Brother of Charles James Life and Richard George Life. Attended Wheatley Elementary school in 1896. Described as traveller, presumably commercial, in the 1911 Census. Service No. Z5040 with the R.N. Volunteer Reserve: as ‘Fred. P. Life', he was an Able Seaman in 1918. Awarded Victory and British War Medals. He married Mary Ann Lofthouse in Haringey, London on 13 April 1915.