Arthur Nicholls was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Nicholls. In 1901 they were living at 76 Rookery Street, in Wednesfield, together with Arthur’s brothers George, Thomas and William, and sister Annie. He married Annie Langman in 1915, and they had a child, Frederick, born in 1916.
He joined the 79th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (number 90747) on the outbreak of war. Almost a year later he was invalided home suffering from dysentery. He recovered and returned to fight, but was killed in action on 6 July 1917. He was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 15 September 1917, and is commemorated at the Anzin St.-Aubin British Cemetery in France, as well as on the Roll of Honour for Wednesfield Village.