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Arthur was born in Wolverhampton in 1892, the son of Josiah Frank and Jane Hannah Cullwick. In both 1901 and 1911, they were living at 31 Oaklands Road, Wolverhampton, together with Arthur’s brothers Frank William and Albert Edward, sisters Elsie Mabel, Gladys, and Annie, and a servant, Elsie Case. He attended Wolverhampton Grammar School, and by 1911, Arthur was training to be an accountant, being articled to Edgar Jordan. Later he worked for Campbell and Jordan, chartered accountants of Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton.

He volunteered for service in 1914, but was rejected several times before he passed into the army on 3 January 1917. He joined the 11th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment (number 50795). On 1 August 1917 he was wounded, and became dangerously ill. His parents visited him in France, and there were hopes of his recovery, but he died as a result of the wounds on 20 September 1917. His death was announced in the Express & Star on 22 September 1917. On 24 January 1918, Arthur’s effects were sent on to his father, as follows:

  • 4 Identity Discs
  • Letters
  • 1 pipe
  • 1 pocket book
  • 1 cigarette case
  • 1 linen bag
  • 1 wrist watch
  • 2 combs
  • 1 mirror
  • 1 handkerchief

A memorial scroll was sent on to his father in 1920, although it had to be amended as Arthur’s middle name had been spelled incorrectly. The family were also meant to receive a plaque, which Mr Cullwick chased up on 20 November 1920, saying “I shall be glad to have same at your early convenience.” It is not clear whether the plaque ever arrived.

Arthur is buried at the Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France. He is also commemorated on the memorials of Darlington Street Methodist Church, the Wolverhampton Higher Grade School and St Bartholomew’s Church, Penn.