Arthur's parents, Joseph and Emily, are thought to have married in a civil ceremony, registered at Chorlton on Medlock, in 1895. They lived at 59 Wheler Street, Openshaw and Arthur and his older sister, Hilda, were born there. At some point, they moved to live at 124 Edgeley Road, Stockport. Arthur is also thought to have had at least one younger sister.
He joined the army, as a conscript, at Stockport and was assigned to the Welsh Regiment, probably going overseas around the beginning of 1917. British troops had fought their way up the Passchendaele Ridge, outside of Ypres, since 31 July, capturing the actual village on 6 November.
The 2nd Welsh moved back into the new front line relieving the attacking troops and would hold the position for a few days. The Battalion's War Diary entry for the 9th reads "Much the same sort of day as usual. The Bosche shelling is a little heavier than yesterday. Casualties - 10 killed" .
On what the diary officer thought as a fairly normal day, the German shelling had claimed the lives of two local men - Arthur and Ernest Heavyside.