It is believed he was killed during the First Battle of Ypres when the battalion withdrew from Zandevoorde. On the morning of the 30th October 1914 they came under very heavy shell fire from German artillery. At this point in the war the trenches had not been dug and troops had to take cover in ditches. They found themselves out in the open where they were an easy target for the German guns. His body was never found, and he was not confirmed as killed until August 1915. Arthur has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.