Born in January 1866 in Ballincollig, County Cork. On the 25th January 1900 Arthur was 34 as shown on Attestation papers.
He was married and sent 4 shillings home to Margaret, his address being recorded as 52 Crogsland Road, Tavistock Hill, London. Margaret was born in Bengal, India in 1868. In 1903 he lived at 28 Meyrick Crescent, and stated to be a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Engineers.
Following his military career became a Licensed Victualler and the proprietor of the The Swan Inn (Hotel), 110 high Street. between 1908 to 1925 Whlist at the Swan Inn his family are recorded. Margaret (43); Cyril Arthur (12) – Born in Gibraltar 1899; Edward William Joseph (11) – Born in Gibraltar 1900; Donald Cameron (4) – born in Colchester 1907
- Regimental Service No.: 9 when with Railway Pioneer Regiment
- 1898 Corporal, Gibraltar
- 1899-1900 Gibraltar
- 25th January 1900 Sergeant
- 8th June 1900 Company Sergeant Major
- 1900-1902 Second Boer War (South Africa)
- Cape Colony
- Orange Free State
- 20th November 1900 Transferred to Royal Engineers (reduced to rank of Sergeant on transfer Regimental Service No.: 20805 with the Royal Engineers.
- 1903 Promoted to Staff Sergeant, Royal Engineers
On the roll of the 3rd Company, 1st Railway Pioneer Regiment (1RPR) for 279 days. Discharged from 1RPR unit to rejoin 20th Coy Royal Engineers on 20th November 1900 with a note of exemplary service. On the nominal roll of 1RPR he is cited to have been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal D.C.M. (Gazetted 1st October 1901) For his service in South Africa, he was awarded the Queens South Africa Medal with the following clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.
- Initiated into Inhabitants Lodge No. 153, at Gibraltar
- Initiated: 29th March 1898
- Passed: 2nd May 1898
- Raised: 6th June 1898 (GLC: 23rd June 1898)
- Founding Member of Comrades Lodge No. 2976 on 3rd June 1903 having been a member of Inhabitants Lodge No. 153 in Gibraltar. One of the 25 petitioners not named individually on the Warrant of Constitution.
- L2339 Mistley Lodge 16th October 1913 – Resigned December 1919