Arthur was born on 1 October 1883 in Berwick, Northumberland, the son of George and Margaret Black. In 1901, he was living with his parents in Tweedmouth, Northumberland, along with his siblings George, Thompson, Margaret and Janet. Arthur was a dental apprentice. In 1909, he married Elsie Loomes Lambert Lee in Leicester, and by 1911, the couple were living in Carlisle with their daughter, Irene Margaret. Arthur was working as a dental surgeon. from around 1913, the family had moved to Wolverhampton, where Arthur was working as a dentist based in the Queen’s Arcade.
I have been unable to confirm whether or not Arthur did any military service during the First World War. He certainly served as a Special Constable in Wolverhampton, and survived the war. on 22 December 1921, he was initiated into the Prince of Wales Lodge of England Freemasons, Wolverhampton. By 1939 he was living with his wife at 8 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton. Arthur died in Eton in 1967.