Mr Arthur McMicken was born on 20 August 1885 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.
He was the son of Thomas McMicken (b. 1863) and Cecilia Elizabeth Tucker (b. 1855). His father was a native of Cumberland and his mother from Anglesey, Wales and they had married in 1882 in Birkenhead. They went on to have seven children, five of whom lived past infancy: Thomas John (b. 1884), Willie (b. 1887), Benjamin Tucker (b. 1891), Annie Dora (b. 1893) and Arthur.1
The family probably moved to Southampton around 1906, and show up living on the 1911 census living at Brae Burn, 23 Hanley Road, Southampton. Arthur is described as a steward and unmarried and his mother is described as a widow. His father, however, was alive and well and eventually died in Liverpool in 1935. Living with the family at the time of the 1911 census were Titanic crewmen James Toshack and his wife, and steward Edward Brown. Edward may have been friendly with the McMicken family, he and Mrs McMicken both being natives of Anglesey, as he would later give their 1912 address as his own when signing on to Titanic (43 Suffolk Avenue).
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 43 Suffolk Avenue, Southampton and he had transferred from the Olympic. He received monthly wages of £3, 15s as a steward. Also serving on board was his brother Benjamin.
Arthur McMicken was rescued on Lifeboat 11 but his brother was lost.
Arthur returned to England and continued to work at sea, surviving both World Wars: by 1919 he was living at 243 Breck Road, Liverpool and was working aboard Regina. In the 1930s he served aboard Georgic and during the 1940s served for many voyages aboard Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary as a senior tourist steward, also serving aboard Volendam as a bar steward in 1944. He served aboard Ascania in the early 1950s as a library steward.
Details about Arthur's later life are lacking but he is believed to have married in his later years in 1942 to Amy Vaughn. He died in Liverpool in 1958.
- On the 1891 census Arthur and his family are living at 5 Calmet (?) Street in Everton, Liverpool and his father was described as an engineer's fitter. By the time of the 1901 census they have relocated to 18 Rupert Street. Arthur, aged 15, is described as a warehouseman and his father now described as a marine engineer.