Arthur was one of the many young men whose education and time on an OTC saw them quickly commissioned when war broke out. They suffered one of the highest casualty rates of any group.On 20 October 1916, the Shipley Times & Express reported:Arthur Victor Skevington, KOYLI, killed in action on Sept 25th, was the youngest son of the late Mr Arthur Skevington and Mrs Skevington of Hamilton Cottage, Apperley Bridge.Educated at Giggleswick School, he afterwards joined the Leeds University Officer Training Corps, received his commission in October 1915, and had been at the Front two and a half months.
He was 19 years of age.A fellow officer writes: “He was leading his men with the utmost gallantry when he fell, shot through the head. His death was instantaneous.”His brother, Harold R Skevington is also in the KOYLI is at present home on sick leave.In his tribute to the deceased officer, the Rev W H Power, Vicar of Greengates, says “By the death of Second Lieutenant Skevington the church at Greengates has received a great blow. “He was a lad of charming personality, a worthy specimen of
the men that our public schools turn out. His last thought would have been to start a quarrel, yet when the call came that his country is in danger he nobly responded.“It only seems like yesterday that I wished him God speed on the vicarage steps. We had hoped that the son of a worthy father and worthy mother would be spared to carry on the good works which his father did and his mother continues to do.“It is not to be but we earnestly trust that God in his Paradise will give him higher duties.”
The De Ruvigny Roll of Honour contains a letter written to his parents by his Lieut Colonel: “your boy was killed on 25 September while gallantly leading his platoon. He was a most gallant young fellow, very popular with everyone and a most promising young officer and his death is a very great loss to this battalion. Your boy always did his best and his best was very good.”And a private wrote: I was one of the three boys who was with Lieut Skevington when he fell. He died without a murmur – like a Britisher; he was loved by us all.”