Arthur, a son of Charles and Eliza Holder, was born at Bukkulla north of Inverell in 1889. When he enlisted in Sydney in 1915, he gave his address as Bukkulla Village. He was one of four volunteers given a farewell at Bukkulla Hall in September 1915. Residents presented each man with a wristwatch, socks and silver pencils. As members of the Dinton Vale Rifle Club, they were also presented with an inscribed gold medal.
Arthur joined the 1st Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement and sailed from Australia for Egypt on HMAT A47 Mashobra in October 1915. In February the following year he was transferred to the 1st Light Horse Reserve Regiment and sent to France in June. Here he transferred to the 1st Anzac Army Corps. During May 1918 he was wounded in action, receiving a gunshot wound to his back and as a result, invalided to hospital in England. He re-joined his unit in France five months later.
Arthur returned to Australia in May 1919 and was medically discharged. His name is recorded on the Ashford Honor Roll.