Arthur Clegg was born in Liverpool, Lancashire in 1872, the son of James and Anna Clegg. His father was a warehouseman. Arthur was a professional steward in the British mercantile Marine.
On Christmas Day 1902 Arthur Clegg married a widow named Mary Hookes (née Griffiths) in Liverpool. Mary was a ship’s stewardess, so it is likely he met her while both served in the Stewards Department of a liner. In 1915 the family lived at 47 Chatsworth Avenue, Aintree, Liverpool.
On 12 April 1915 at Liverpool he re-engaged as a first class bedroom steward in the Stewards' Department on board the
Lusitania. This rank allowed him a monthly rate of pay of £4-5s-0d (£4.25).
The liner crossed the Atlantic without incident and having docked in New York on 24 April 1915, left for her return to Liverpool on the early afternoon of 1 May. For this journey Clegg was responsible for the nine saloon passengers in rooms B76, B78, B80, B82, B86, B90 and B92, which included Welsh coal millionaire David Thomas and his daughter Lady Margaret Mackworth.
Six days later on the afternoon of 7 May the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine
U-20, within sight of the coast of southern Ireland. At that time, she was only about 250 miles away from the safety of her home port. James Clegg and four of his saloon passenger charges lost their lives as a result of this action. As his body was not recovered from the sea and identified afterwards he has no known grave. As a consequence his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London. He was aged 42 years.
In August 1915 his widow Mary received the balance of pay owed to him in respect of his service on the
Lusitania’s last voyage from Cunard. This was reckoned to be from 17 April to 8 May 2015 - 24 hours after the liner had been sunk. In addition the Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted her a yearly pension to compensate for the loss of her husband which amounted to £52-16s-10d (£52.84) payable at the rate of £4-8s-1d (£4.40½) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Lawrence Evans, PRO BT 100/345, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.