Eric was born in 1919 the son of William John and of Edith Harriet Arnold of Nelson Street, Thame. He was educated at Lord Williams’s School Thame, and on leaving was employed in the service accounts department of Morris Motors Ltd.
He was a member of the Morris Motors rugby club, and played soccer on several occasion locally. At the outbreak of the war he was already in the territorial’s and at camp. He went to France in 1939, and was evacuated at the time of Dunkirk.
1446181 Sergeant Eric Arnold, 194 Bty 80 HAA Regiment, Royal Artillery saw action in North Africa and on 12th December 1942, the section in which he was serving, was under shell fire from the enemy and given orders to disperse in order to avoid casualties. Subsequently receiving a further order to return as the section was going out of action.
Sergeant Arnold then started out, together with three of his detachment, to return to his gun position but on the way one soldier was slightly wounded. Sgt Arnold leaving the wounded soldier in the care of the others, continued alone.
Although an extensive search was made at the time, he was not seen again and no further news was received concerning him. In January 1944 he was declared dead, killed in action.
Eric is remembered on the Medjez-el-Bab Memorial in Tunisia and in Thame on the war memorial and on a memorial in St Mary’s church yard.