Frederic M. Skues qualified as a veterinarian (MRCVS) at Edinburgh in 1897 and came to South Africa as a Civil Veterinary Surgeon attached to the Army Veterinary Division during the Anglo-Boer war (1899-1902). He joined the civil service of the Orange Free State in 1905 as District Veterinary Officer in Bethlehem. In 1911 he published an article on "Laminitis in the horse" in the Agricultural Journal of the Union of South Africa (Vol. 1, pp. 568-569). During World War I he saw active service in the South West Africa Campaign as a captain in the South African Veterinary Corps, stationed temporarily in Pietermaritzburg. After the war he returned to the Free State where he died in service in Bloemfontein.