According to his attestation papers dated August 7, 1915, Arthur Franklin was born on November 2, 1873 in Hanlington?, Middlesex, England. He listed his wife, Annie Franklin, MacDonald Street, Humber Bay as his next of kin. He was a teamster and was an active member of a militia. He was 42 years and 9 months of age and stood 5 feet 2 1/2 inches tall. He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion. He had a mole on the left side of his back and a vaccination mark on his left arm. He was a member of the Church of England.
In the 1911 census he indicated that he emigrated to Canada in 1904 and was actually born in 1870 making him 3 years older than reported on his attestation papers.
In the 1921 Toronto city directory he is living on west side of MacDonald Avenue, Humber Bay.