Arthur joined the Public Schools Regiment of the Middlesex Regiment as a Private, having been initially turned down when he applied for a commission due to poor eyesight. He served on the Western Front and was commissioned into the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in August 1916. After training Arthur returned to the Western Front and was killed on 3rd April 1917 near Bapaume. He was buried in the H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein, France. At the time of his death he was an Acting Captain.
Arthur Graeme West’s WW1 Collection: “The Diary of a Dead Officer: Posthumous Papers” was published by George Allen & Unwin, London in 1918 and his poems were included in four WW1 anthologies. The collection is available as a free download on Archive: https://archive.org/details/diaryofdeadoffic00westrich
“Seeing her off”
A whistle ‘mid the distant hillsShattered the silence grey,
She turned on me her great sad eyes,
Then lightly skimmed away.
I followed slow her flying feetIn idlest heaviness,
But, oh! My heart it laughed to see
Roar through the proud express.
In the after silence and the gloomI found her there again,
And won three minutes more delight
Before the second pain.