pre. a motor engineer; garage proprietor (Scott and Eayrs Limited, High Street and Melton Rd, Oakham)
m. 1925 in Uppingham, Rutland, Mabel E [Taylor]
Address in 1930: 2 Parkfield Rd, Oakham, Rutland
with (we think) Tom W Shipside at Tollerton; presumably G-ABCS in the background.
[G-ABCS was a 1930 DH 60G Gipsy Moth based at Stag Lane, Heston and then Yeadon, but was requisitioned in 1939 as X5039 and 'used as decoy']
[Thomas Wiliam Shipside was, like Arthur, a motor garage proprietor in the Midlands, so this is probably how they knew one another.
He was a founder member of Tollerton Aero Club, managing director of a string of BMC garages (the firm was founded by his ex-blacksmith father) and learnt to fly in 1927.]
This document confirms the end of Arthur's ATA service on 18th September 1941; he received 3 months pay (£71 5s) in lieu of notice.
A note in his logbook says "approx 480 hrs in Hart, Audax, Gladiator, Swordfish, Anson, Oxford, Whitney Straight, Leopard Moth, Miles Magister, Tiger Moth etc." but this may include his pre-WWII hours.
"The information in our family was that his ATA flying had been cut short by a medical problem, possibly related to blood pressure."
d. 9 Jul 1965 - Rutland
His grandson (who kindly sent me the photos and documents) describes him as a "rather distant and forbidding figure."