Arthur William Barringer was born in Cambridgeshire, England in 1878 and his birth was registered in the first quarter of that year. He was the son of William Barringer (1854-1919) and Mary Ann Baird (1851-1935). His father was from Abbotsley, Huntingdonshire and his mother from Hardwick, Cambridgeshire and they had married in late-1871 in Caxton, Cambridgeshire.
Arthur first appears on the 1881 census living at 10 St Matthews Buildings, St Andrew the Less, Cambridgeshire with his parents and siblings: James (b. 1872), Walter (b. 1873), Sarah Elizabeth (b. 1879) and Florence Gertrude (b. 1881). His father was listed as a Police Constable. On the 1891 census the family are living at 8 Thoday Street, St Andrew the Less, Cambridgeshire and have welcomed another daughter, Ada Rebecca (b. 1890). Arthur, aged 14, is listed as an errand boy. Another child would be born to Arthur's parents in 1896, Rosetta Maud.
By the time of the 1901 census Arthur is absent from home but his parents are listed as living at 13 Thoday Street, Cambridge.
Arthur was married in Southampton, Hampshire in early-1906 to Ethel Isabel McKean (b. 1880 in Southampton). They appear as a married couple on the 1911 census living at 13 Waterloo Road, Southampton (Arthur being described as a ship's steward) with their two children: Dorothy Ethel (b. September 2, 1909) and Eric (b. March 11, 1911).
When Arthur signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 52 Padwell Road, Southampton. As a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3 15s. His last ship had been the Olympic.
Barringer died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
Arthur's widow Ethel was remarried in 1914 to Thomas King and had a daughter, Peggy later that year. She was again widowed around 1921 and in 1927 in Southampton she was married to Albert Winter. She died in 1960 in Gosport, Hampshire.
Arthur's daughter Dorothy was married in Southampton in 1932 to Jack Mills; the couple had five children before Dorothy's death in Southampton in 1995. His son Eric married Lillian Buckingham in Southampton in 1931 and they had two children. He died in Southampton in 1992.