According to his attestation papers dated August 3, 1915 at Toronto, Arthur Taverner was born on March 22, 1896 at Humber Bay, Ontario. He listed his mother, Mrs. Carrie Taverner, Humber Bay, Ontario as his next of kin. He was single and a labourer. He had no previous military experience. He was 19 years of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall. He had brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion. He was a member of the Church of England.
His brother Joseph (John) also enlisted.
He appears in the 1911 census living with his father Edward living on Amelia Street, Humber Bay. According to the census he was working at the Bolt Works.