Richard was born in Wolverhampton in 1872, being baptised on 1 December 1872 at St Mary’s Church, Bilston. In 1881 he was living with his parents, William S. and Susannah Arnold, at 9 King Street, Bilston, along with his sister Sarah and brother Francis. By 1891he was living with his grandparents Martin and Sarah Poole at 14 Milne Street, Chadderton, Lancashire. Richard had become a card room jobber. Richard married Eliza Howarth in Oldham in 1899, and they were living at 21 Slater Street, Chadderton in 1901, and at 237 Block Lane, Oldham, in 1911. By 1911, they had three children – Elsie, Frank and William. By now Richard was a cardroom stripper and grinder for a cotton mill.
Richard’s name is listed on the Ettingshall Wesleyan Church’s roll of honour as a local man who served during the First World War, but I have been unable to confirm details of his service record. He certainly survived the war as he is not listed as having fallen in action.
His wife, Eliza, died in Oldham in 1923. Richard himself died on 9 October 1941 at the Methodist School, Cowhill, Chadderton. The value of his effects was £518 17s. 8d.