Samuel and Annie Chadderton had started their married life in Ashton under Lyne and Arthur was born there. In the early 1890s, they moved to Reddish and another son, Herbert, was born in about 1892. When the census was taken in 1901, the family was living at 3 Criterion Street. 15 year old Arthur was working as a draper’s assistant – probably for the textile firm of Hiltermann Brothers, 56 Whitworth Street, Manchester, for whom he was known to be working before he enlisted into the army. His service papers, at the National Archives, show him to have been 5’ 6” tall and weighed 9 stone.
The family had worshipped at Aspinall Wesleyan Church in Gorton and Arthur had furthered his education by attending its Sunday School. On 17 October 1908, he married Ethel Hull at Tiviot Dale Methodist Church. The couple are thought to have lived at Ash Road Denton and had a son, Eric.
He joined up on 10 September 1914, was given the service number 1750, and assigned to the East Lancashire Brigade of the Artillery – a Territorial unit. The Brigade saw two years service in Egypt before it was broken up at the beginning of 1917. This was when Arthur was transferred to France. He was there between 24 February and 11 October but then returned to the UK sick, until 19 April 1918.
Throughout the War, Le Havre was a major port for the British bringing in supplies and men and as Arthur’s unit is described only as “base details”, it suggests that he was probably working at one of the stores set up in the area. He died of pneumonia and it is very possible that he never saw a shot fired during his service.
His brother Herbert also joined the army and saw service in East Africa with the Medical Corps. When the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information in the early 1920s, Ethel was living at 64 Thornley Lane.