|Full name||Alban Charles Phidias Arnold|
19 November 1892|
Tattenhall, Cheshire, England
|Died||7 July 1916
Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Picardy, France
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 24 December 2009|
Arnold was a son of the Reverend Charles Lowther Arnold, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Fareham. He was educated at Twyford School and Malvern College, then went up to Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1911. He made his first-class debut for Cambridge University in 1912 against the touring South Africans. That same year Arnold made his County Championship debut for Hampshire against Surrey. Arnold represented Hampshire four times in the 1912 season, and in 1913 Arnold played a single first-class match for Hampshire against Cambridge University.
In the 1914 English cricket season Arnold represented both Hampshire and Cambridge University. While playing for Cambridge University in a match against the Marylebone Cricket Club, Arnold made his highest career score of 89. In the 1914 County Championship Arnold played a number of good innings for Hampshire in the County Championship, making scores of 54 against Kent, 69 against Lancashire, 76 against Somerset and 51 against Warwickshire.
Arnold's first-class career came to an end with the outbreak of the First World War. Arnold was commissioned in the British Army with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers. Arnold was killed in action on 7 July 1916 at Ovillers-la-Boisselle in northern France during the Battle of the Somme. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Wisden remarked on Arnold's promise by concluding: "He would probably have developed into a cricketer of very high class."
- McCrery, Nigel (2015). Final Wicket: Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War. Pen and Sword. p. 221.
- CWGC entry