The son of Ernest and Mary Alice Solly, Arthur Norbury Solly attended Rugby School from 1878 and 1881. He joined the University and Public Schools Brigade and served with the Manchester Regiment before his transfer to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. He scored his first two victories as an observer with 23 Squadron. After completing pilot training he was made a Flying Officer on 27 November 1916 and joined 20 Squadron where was appointed Flight Commander on 12 July 1917 and downed seven more enemy aircraft. He scored all of his victories flying the F.E.2. He and his observer were killed in a crash flying a B.F.2b (A7108).