Arthur's parents are recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission only as Mr W F Oldham and Mrs E Oldham who, in the early 1920s, were living at 128 Chestergate, Stockport. The family history website, Cheshire BMD, records that a William Frederick Oldham married Elizabeth Perrin at Christ Church, Heaton Norris between April and June 1888. These are possibly Arthur's parents.
Arthur worked at the Chestergate Hatworks until he enlisted into the army. This was reported to be in September 1914 and he is understood to have originally joined the Army Service Corps (service number 2185). There is no record, at the National Archives, that he served overseas with the ASC and, based on the above service number, he appears to have transferred to the Cheshires around June 1915.
On the day he was killed, Arthur and his comrades were at Ouderdom, about 6 kilometres south west of the Belgian town of Ypres (now Ieper). In the early morning, the German artillery shelled the Cheshires' positions with several successful direct hits on the trenches, causing about 50 casualties. Arthur was amongst the dead. The section of the Cemetery where he is buried was created after the war when very small front-line burial areas were closed as the land was returned to civilian use. Arthur would have been re-interred here by the early 1920s.
Another local man, Charles Rowlinson, was seriously wounded by the shelling and died later in the day.