Arthur was born in Hatfield and his father was Arthur William Abbiss and when Arthur (junior) enlisted his father was living at 5 Nunnington Terrace, Armley, Leeds. Later his father’s address was recorded as 27, Bedford Street, Hitchin. Before the war Arthur was a Station Agent. He enlisted 22nd July 1915 in Winnipeg when he was 23 years and 5 months. He was recorded as of dark complexion with Brown eyes and hair and was 5’ 7” tall. His religion was given as Methodist.