According to his attestation papers dated May 7, 1915 at Lindsay, Arthur Hockney was born on February 2, 1892 at Walthampton, Essex, England. He listed his mother Jane Hockney, Symons Street, Mimico as his next of kin. He was a fitter and had no previous military experience. He was 23 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 5 inches. He had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a fair complexion. He had a small fibroma on his left foot. We was Methodist.
He was a Lance Corporal with the 38th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment) when he was killed in the trenches at Avion on June 26, 1917. He was buried at the La Chaudiere Military Cemetery near Vimy in France. According to information on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website his mother Jane Hockney, was living on Symons Street, Mimico.