Enlisted in Hertford. Joined the 18th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, one of the so called Bantam Battalions comprising men who were under regulation size but otherwise fit for duty, many of the men were ex miners. It is likely that Arthur did not join his unit until 1917 by which time the 18th had ceased to be a Bantam unit. During 1917 they fought at Passchendaele and Aulthulst Forest, by 1918 they had also fought at Bapaume. In October 1918 British, French and Belgian units attacked the German forces around the city of Courtrai, this was the start of a very successful Allied assault, and in the next two weeks they advanced almost 45 miles and had reached the Dutch border. Arthur’s unit was then involved in the Final advance against the enemy during which he was killed on 31st October while his battalion was fighting around the town of Tieghem.