Arnold was born in mid 1888 in Preston-on-the-Hill, one of eight children of Arnold and Elizabeth Platt. Arnold was born in Little Leigh c1857 and Elizabeth in Tattenhall c1862.
In 1891, Arnold was a farm labourer and the family lived on Chester Road. By 1901, Robert’s brothers were also farm labourers, but their father was now a shepherd. Both Alice and Emma had left home. Later that year, another brother, John, was born. Another child had died in infancy.
Brother Henry married in 1907 and by 1911, only Arnold, Robert and John were living at home with their parents. Arnold was a labourer at a timber merchants’.
Arnold married Gertrude Henshall in 1915.
We have no record of Arnold’s military service, but know he was an absent voter away on military service in 1918.
He died in December 1956, aged 68 years.