Arthur was born in 1888, in Great Wymondley. The son of Eliza Ann Waldock. He was Baptised on the 14th October 1888, in Great Wymondley. His mother, Eliza, married William Titmus of Great Wymondley on the 1st October 1889 in the Parish Church of Great Wymondley. The 1891 census records Arthur ‘Waldock’ aged 2, living with his parents, sister Elsie Titmus 1, and brother, William Titmus aged 1 month, at Wymondley Priory, Little Wymondley. The 1901 census records Arthur was now known as Arthur William ‘Titmus’, living with his parents, sister, Elsie 11, and brother Walter 4, at 87 Chingford Road, Walthamstow, Essex. On the 18th February 1907, Arthur enlisted into the Essex Regiment. Then the 1911 census records Arthur aged 22, as a Private in the Army (1st Battalion, Essex Regiment), stationed in Quetta Baluchistan, India. His occupation is given as Acting Bandsman.