Joined East Kent Regt (The Buffs) in Bedford on 29 Nov 1915, mobilised on 30 May 1916 and embarked at Folkestone on 24 Oct 1916. Took part in Battle of the Somme from 01/07/1916 fought at Trones Wood, Delville Wood, Thiepval Ridge and the Ancre, the final battle of the Somme campaign, Arthur was killed in the attack on the German position of Desire Trench. His body was never found, and he is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial. The British attack took place in driving sleet and snow and turned into chaos. Of the 500 or so men from his unit over 250 were casualties.