Arthur was born in Salford and, at the time of the 1901 Census, was living at 2 Ladybarn Avenue, Withington, Manchester. His father, Samuel (then 45) was recorded as being a marine store hawker and his eldest son, William (16) helped him. Apart from Arthur, then aged 8 and at school, the other family members on the Census were his mother, 41 year old Sarah, his sister Harriett (6) and two other brothers Samuel (12) and Arthur (8)
By 1907, the family had moved to the Stockport area and, in that year, Arthur acquired a sister-in-law when William married Charlotte Walters at St Paul's Church, Portwood.
When he left school, Arthur went to work at Harrison's brickyard in Bredbury where he was a carter. It's no surprise, therefore, that when he enlisted in 1914, he found himself still working with horses in the Army Service Corps. At some point, he saw service in France with the ASC's Company at 8th Reserve Park. This unit provided a variety of back-up services for the ASC. By 1917, Arthur had been transferred to the ASC's No. 1 Company back in England. This company operated depots at Aldershot, Catterick and Bradford and was responsible for training of ASC troops.
A newspaper obituary recorded that Arthur had died of "dropsy" (fluid retention due to kidney failure or heart disease) and had been at Beancroft Red Cross Hospital, Wimborne, Dorset when he died. It noted that several of his brothers were serving in the army including one "missing for a considerable time in the east". This is almost certain to be William who, as Private W Findlow, 7580, North Staffordshire Regiment, was killed on 9 April 1916 and is commemorated on the Stockport War Memorial.
In the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission collected its casualty information, Samuel Findlow was recorded as living at 28 Hatherlow Street, Stockport. There was no mention of Arthur's mother.