Arthur was born in Little Hadham, Hertfordshire, to George and Elizabeth. They were living in 1891 in The Ash, Little Hadham. By 1901 they had moved to Standon Road, Standon and Arthur is an errand boy. He married Florence Ann Dickinson on 15 October 1913 in Harlow. In 1915 when he enlisted he was living in Newtown, Buntingford and was a grocer manager.