Arthur was born in Bilston on 14 April 1887, the son of Edward and Maria Goodreid. In 1901 they were living at 7 Canal Road, Bilston, along with Arthur’s siblings Edward and Florence. By 1911, they were living at Bakers Cottage, Bank Street, Bradley, Bilston, with Arthur’s cousin, William Edward Goodreid, and Arthur was an ironworker. At some point, he worked at Greenaway’s in Bradley.
In January 1915, he enlisted in the 3rd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 16820), and was later transferred to the 1st Battalion. He was killed in action in France on 25 September 1915, and his death was noted in the Midland Counties Express on 6 November 1915. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, as well as on the Bradley Memorial in Bilston.