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Arthur was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of Mary J. and Thomas Waller. In 1901 they were living at 33 Bank Street, Bilston, along with Arthur’s siblings Walter J., Albert, Gertrude, Florence, Thomas, William and Mary. They were living at 15 Hall Green Street, Bradley, by 1911, and Arthur was working as a brass trade polisher.

Arthur enlisted as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 17089). He first served in France from 25 May 1915, but was wounded and died on 29 May 1916. He is buried in the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery in France, and commemorated on the Bilston Town Hall Ward Roll of Honour.