Arthur attested on 10th December 1915 and was mobilized on 5th August 1916 joining the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment). Embarking at Folkstone he sailed to France on 20th December 1916 and spent a few days at Etaples before joining the 8th Battalion in the field on 24th December. His stay with the battalion was short as on the 30th he was treated at 33rd Field Ambulance and then moved to 4 Casualty Clearing Station, it is unknown the reason for this stay in hospital.
Having rejoined his unit Arthur served in France until 22nd July 1917 upon which he sailed back to England suffering from bronchitis. He spent time in hospital in Epsom before returning to his base unit. On 23rd January 1918 he returned to France, once again passing through Etaples before joining the 2nd Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) in the field on 7th February.
On 31st March 1918, Arthur received shrapnel wounds to his head (fractured skull), knee, left leg and right arm, passing through 10 Field Ambulance, he died of wounds at 8 Casualty Clearing Station, based at Duisans. Arthur is buried at DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN (VI. F. 9).
Born in Knaresborough, Arthur was living in Bradford by 1901 with his mother Isabelle and four sisters, he also had brother who is recorded on his service records. Arthur married Clara Emma and in 1911 they were living on Gladstone Street, Bradford, with Arthur employed as a tramway conductor, in November 1914 they had a child, William.
CWGC records show Clara living at 11, Hougomont, Mountain, Queensbury and it was to this address that the following articles of property were returned: Disc (ID), wallet, letters, photos, belt, cigarette tube, metal mirror, scissors, cigarette lighter, note book, pouch, wound bar, locket (damaged), small gold chain, watch, private disc (ID), 1 coin farthing.
The inscription on Arthur’s grave reads: “Gone from our home but never from our hearts”.