This account is mostly speculation and good guesses. Please can anyone help?
This is a long shot, so would appreciate any help with this soldier. I really have no clue to Arnold, but by coincidence I found what could be Arnold’s gravestone in the Hooge Crater, where next to David Robert’s grave, (see his page by clicking on the link), was one for an A. ROBERTS and he died the same day as David Roberts, and in the same regiment, comrades in life and also in death. David also joined in the early part of 1915 and his number was before Arnolds. According to his War Gratuity, the Invision Forum suggested that Arnold joined in August 1915 – https://wargratuity.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/gratuity-calculator/
Buried next to Arnold was an F. DICKINSON, Regt. No.201137 all of the Cheshire Regt, who died on the same day as well.
I am wondering if this A. ROBERTS is the man we are looking for.
If he is the right man I have found Arnold Roberts in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 which tells us that the sole Legatee was his mother Beatrice who was paid £1 12s 8d on the 2nd June 1919 and his War Gratuity of £14 17s 4d on the 15th December 1919.
I cannot find Arnold in the area on the 1911 census, so can only presume that he arrived for work after the 1911 census.
Additional information from the Commonwealth War Graves Website: Son of Ernest Leonard and Beatrice Roberts, of 167, Walthall St., Crewe, Cheshire. The nearest this family came to Deeside was when Ernest Leonard was a Railway Parcel Porter and must have been stationed at Holywell as that was where one of his children was born in 1904. However that doe not mean that Arnold didn’t come for work after the 1911 census.