Arthur was born in Stoke-on-Trent on 29 January 1932. After leaving school he worked as a miner until joining the Army on 13 September 1949.

He spent his first six months with 17/21st Lancers before being posted to the 8th Hussars. In 1951 he saw service with the Regiment in Korea and BAOA where he attained the rank of corporal.

In 1954 he decided to leave the Army and was transferred to Section B of the Royal Army Reserve.

In 1957 Arthur rejoined the Army and became a Guardsman in the 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards. He adapted himself well in the Battalion and within one year rose in the ranks to lance sergeant.

By September 1961 Arthur was looking for a further challenge and transferred to 5 Royal Tank Regiment, in the rank of corporal and served with them until 1969.

The disbandment of 5 RTR saw Arthur on the move yet again when he was reallocated to the Queen’s Own Hussars in the rank of sergeant.

While with QOH he served in Hong Kong with ‘C’ Squadron, BAOR, Canada and Northern Ireland before leaving the Army in August 1974.

Arthur settled into civilian life in Nailsea, Bristol, where he gained employment with Securicor driving an armoured van around the southwest delivering money to banks and others.

He also worked for the Corps of Commissionaires until his retirement in 1993.

Sadly his wife Freda died in 1993 which was a big blow to him. He spent many happy hours in his garden tending his many cats, dogs, rabbits, budgies and canaries.

His favourite pastime was keeping and showing pigeons and he won several awards. He was a lover of wildlife programmes, war films and westerns. Arthur was a loyal supporter of Wool Troop.

Arthur died on 9 January 2007 and will be sadly missed by his many friends both in 8th Hussars and QOH.

Related topics

  1. A short history of The 8th Hussars
  2. A short history of The Queen’s Own Hussars
  3. Korea 1950-51