The Probus Club of St Annes-on-the-Sea
Arthur was born in Sheffield where his parents had a fish-and-chip shop. He was always technically-minded and in 1939, when the war started, he left home at the age of 16 to join the RAF. He spent most of the war years in the Middle East salvaging and restoring crashed and damaged planes.
When the war ended, he stayed on and eventually served for 30 years, rising to the rank of Chief Technician and serving in places such as Iraq and Singapore. He then spent time with BAe as a technical author and it was at this time that he moved to St. Annes. He subsequently got a job in Germany and became a fluent German speaker.
Eventually, in 1984, he retired and was able to indulge in his passions: golf (he was a life member of Fairhaven Golf Club) and Bridge (he was President of one of the clubs to which he belonged). He had married in 1951 and had two daughters, with one of whom he was living for the past few years.