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Arthur was born in 1886, the son of Richard and Mary Jane Cadman. In 1901, they were living at No 1 Mount Pleasant/Bilston Road together with Arthur’s siblings Harry, Thomas, Florence, Georgina, Lily, Samuel and Joseph. By 1911, they were at 341 Bilston Road, and Arthur was a labourer at an iron mill. At some point, Arthur worked at Chillington Edge Tool Works as an electrician. He was also a bowler with the St Silas’s Cricket Club and a member of the Chillington Works Cricket Club. He also played football for Bradley.

Arthur Cadman enlisted with the Army Service Corps (number M2/078454). He died at sea on 3 November 1915. He is commemorated on the Gibraltar Memorial. An article concerning his death appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 11 December 1915.