1918 Ipswich Suffolk Chronical & Mercury newspaper.


Registered at birth as Albert Arthur Loose, known on war records as Arthur Albert loose.


Born: 13th October 1890, Ipswich.

Died: 12th January 1918; age 28; Drowned in loss of vessel off Orkneys, Hesta Head.

Residence: 76, Croft Street, Ipswich.

Employment: as a Fireman/River Boatsman for Great Eastern Railway.

Enlistment Location: Portsmouth; age 19 years. Signed up on the 9th May 1910 for 12 years. Height: 5ft 7 ins, fresh complexion, brown eyes & dark brown hair.



Victory II – Stoker II – 9th May 1910 – 28th May 1910

Renown – Stoker II – 29th May 1910 – 16th July 1910

Victory II – Stoker II – 17th July 1910 – 30th August 1910

Albenarle – Stoker II – 31st August 1910 – 14th December – 1910

Prince of Wales – Stoker II – 15th December 1910

Prince of Wales – Stoker I – 9th May 1911

Prince of Wales – Acting Leading Stoker – 16th March 1916

Prince of Wales – Leading Stoker – 12th October 1916 – 5th April 1917

Victory II – leading Stoker – 6th April 1917 – 3rd December 1917

Diligence (Narborough) – Leading Stoker – 4th December 1917 – 12th January 1918.


Rank: Leading Stoker; Service Number: K/6786;

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Narbrough’.


Memorial Reference:


Portsmouth Naval Memorial,



Portsmouth Naval Memorial



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Daniel Jonathan & Annie Loose, of 76, Croft Street, Ipswich.




1891   178, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.


Albert was 6 months old and living with his parents, sister & step brothers.

Daniel Jonathan Loose, 35, a General Labourer, born Ipswich.

(Annie)Anne Loose (nee Whiting), 32, born Mellis, Suffolk.

Bertie Bashford Whiting, 11, born Mellis.

Sidney John Whiting, 8, born Mellis.

Annie Maria Loose, 4, born Ipswich.


1901   202, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.


Albert was 10 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

Daniel, 45.

Annie, 43.

Alice Maud Loose, 16, born Ipswich.

Annie, 14, a Day Girl.

Agnes Sabina Loose, 7, born Ipswich.

Mabel Mary Loose, 6, born Ipswich

Hilda Rose Loose, 4, born Ipswich.

Daisy Clarentine Loose, 1, born Ipswich.


1911   Gibraltar


Albert was 20 years old, a Stoker 2nd Class in the Royal Navy. He was on board the ‘Prince of Wales’ a First Class Battleship, of the Atlantic Fleet. Destination – China & East Indies. Captain Ronald A. Hopwood. Albert recorded his religion as Baptist.


11th December 1902.

Albert was 12 years old, of 202, Wherstead Road, Ipswich, when he was called as a witness by the Ipswich Borough Coroner, at an inquest held in the evening of Thursday, 11th December, at Smart Street Schools, on the body of Samuel Elliston, an agricultural labourer, of 39, Great Whip Street, Ipswich.

Albert told the Coroner that about 7:30 that morning he crossed the railway line close to Halifax Junction for the purposing of obtaining milk at Mildenhall Farm, as he crossed he noticed something laying by the side of the down line, which he took as a scarecrow. Upon his return, Albert went up to the object, and found it to be the body of a labourer employed at Mildenham Farm. He was very frightened and went to tell Mr. William Bugg, a foreman platelayer, who lived close to the line, at No. 6, Junction Cottage, Wherstead Road.

During the inquest, the Coroner was informed that the path across the line near Halifax Junction was for the men employed at Mildenhall Farm. On hearing this the Coroner recalled Albert. It was pointed out to Albert that there was a notice-board, warning people against the danager of crossing the line about 15 yards away from the pathway. Albert told the court that he had been in the habit of crossing the line for about a month past; he had not received permission, but had seen other people going across.

The deceased had been hit by the ‘paper’ train from London, due at Ipswich at 6:30 a.m., but was late. The Samuel Elliston’s battered watch had stopped at 6:57. The Jury returned the verdict of Accidental Death of Samuel Elliston – with no blame to anybody.


Arthur is also remembered on the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street Station, London.



Another Ipswich man on board was CHARLES SQUIRES MASON who may have been known to Arthur.

H.M.S. ‘Narbrough’

H.M.S. Narborough was an Admiralty M-class destroyer launched in 1916. On the 12th January 1918, she and her sister ship H.M.S. Opal were wrecked on the Pentland Skerries after running aground in a violent gale & snowstorm. Only 1 sailor survived (William Sissons), 188 were killed.

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