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Arthur was born in Wolverhampton in 1899, the son of Alfred Edward and Catherine Jane Handy. He was christened in Tettenhall on 25 September 1899. In 1901, they were living at Mount Hill, Tettenhall, along with Arthur’s siblings Edith L., Elsie K., Lottie E., Walter E., and Winnifred M. They were at 75 Mount Road, Tettenhall Wood, by 1911, along with additional children Alfred, Doris, Leonard and Amelia.

Arthur enlisted with the Notts and Derby Regiment (number 98248), before joining the 17th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers (number 57374). He was killed in action on 10 September 1918. He is buried at Perth Cemetery (China Wall) in Belgium, and remembered on the memorial of St Michael & All Angels Church in Tettenhall.