Born: 23 March 1894 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 17 April the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church.
Family: He was the eldest of two children born to Lizzie Palin (his brother John died in 1904 at the age of 5 and is buried in Whitchurch cemetery). He was brought up by Henry and Jane Ryder and married Sarah Maddocks (nee Roberts) in 1922 in Whitchurch and together they had four children – Arthur Leslie, Phyllis E, Mary and Peter Dominic. Sarah’s first husband, John Maddocks, was killed in action in France in 1917; three of John’s brothers also lost their lives in WW1.
Residence: Arthur’s mother was living in the Whitchurch Union Workhouse when he was baptised in 1894. In 1901 he lived with the Ryder family at 7 Yardington, Whitchurch; in 1911 he was boarding at Chidlow Hall, Chidlow, Cheshire. In 1939 he was living at 2 Council Houses, Crickmerry, Market Drayton, Shropshire where he continued to live until his death.
Employment: In 1911 he was a dairy assistant; in 1939 he was a general farm labourer.
Died: 26 September 1961 in Market Drayton, aged 67.
Regiment: Cheshire Regiment
Service Number: 27253
Date of Enlistment: 30 June 1915
Date of Discharge: 9 March 1919
Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation