Ward was the son of Humphry "Thomas" Ward, a fellow and tutor of Brasenose College and Mary Augusta Ward, a popular author; grandson of Tom Arnold; greatgrandson of Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby School. He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford.
While at Oxford he played one first-class cricket match for the University side as a lower-order right-handed batsman and medium-pace right-arm bowler; he also played Minor Counties cricket for Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire between 1896 and 1905.
Volunteered for the Army on the outbreak of the First World War, and served with A Squadron of the 1st/1st Hertfordshire Yeomanry in Egypt August 1914–June 1915. He was then assigned commandant of a convalescent camp on Cyprus June–August 1915, and returned to Egypt January - June 1916. From November 1916 to February 1917 he was attached 3rd Battalion The King's Own Scottish Borderers, then to the Machine Gun Corps, February–May 1917.
For the 1918 general election the Conservative party dropped him as candidate in favour of Dennis Herbert. The 1918 election was the first to be held after the Representation of the People Act 1918, which meant it was the first general election in which women could vote. Ward's Anti-Suffrage stance, which lasted after many others had dropped their objections, would have been a major liability.
- Spartacus page on Arnold Ward
- "Player Profile: Arnold Ward". CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
- Archives Hub
- HC Deb 5 May 1913 vol 52 cc1704-819.
- Herts Yeomanry on 1914-1918.net
- Sainsbury, J.D. (1 Nov 2004). A Bibliographic List of Officers of the Hertfordshire Yeomanry, 1794-1920. Hart Books. ISBN 0-948527-07-2.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Arnold Ward
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Jan 1910 – 1918
Sir Dennis Herbert