1918 Ipswich Suffolk Chronical & Mercury.


Born: 1863, Ipswich.

Died: 20th May 1917; age 54; Killed as a result of an attack by enemy submarine.

Residence: 44, Gladstone Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Master.

Regiment: Mercantile Marine, ‘Caspian’.



Memorial Reference:

Tower Hill Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Captain Thomas & Ann Douse; husband of Kate Augusta Douse, of 56, Inglis Road, Addiscombe, Croydon.




1871   28, Borough Road, Ipswich.


Arthur was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas William Douse, 44 a Sailor, born Hockley, Essex.

Annie Douse ( nee Jolly), 35, born Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Gertrude Douse, 10, born Ipswich.

Thomas Douse, 9, born Ipswich.

Beatrice Douse, 5, born Ipswich.

Edwin Douse, 4, born Ipswich.

Jessie Douse, 2, born Ipswich.


1901 41, Newmarket Street, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire.


Arthur was 37 years old, a Mariner – Sea. He was married & Head of the Household.

Kate, 38.

boarder – Leah Alexander, 82, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.


On the 1891 census (St. John’s Hill, Woodbridge) & 1911 census (19, Khartoum Road, Ipswich), Kate is on her own as Arthur is away at sea.


In 1891, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Arthur married Kate Augusta Bohn, born Islington, Middlesex.


Arthur’s father, Captain Thomas William Douse died July 1898, Woodbridge – a Master Mariner – ‘Impress of India’.

Arthur’s mother, Annie Douse died January 1909, of Hamilton Villa, Wivenhoe, Essex.


On the 15th April 1882, Arthur was 19 years old, an Able Seaman on board the ‘Clyndr’ of Glasgow (117 tons), when she arrived at the port of Sydney, New South Wales from Glasgow. Master – E. Pasifull.


On the 15th July 1884, Arthur was 21 years old, an Able Seaman on board the ‘Shandon’ of Glasgow (1397 tons), when she arrived at the port of Sydney, New South Wales from Glasgow. Master – E. Pasifull.


Kelly’s Directory’s

1892 – 6, Gordon Villas, St. John’s, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

1896 – 6, Gordon Villas, St. John’s, Woodbridge, Suffolk.


In 1913 – 1914, Arthur a Bona Fida Seaman was the 1st Mate aboard, S.S. Russian Prince’. The cargo ship from North Shields sailed between Tampico, Mexico to Aransas Pass & New Orleans. S.S. Russian Prince was of the Prince Line and owned by Messrs: The Prince Line Ltd., Master Joseph Chilvers.


20th May 1917

 Howard Houlder, G.J. Middleton & Alexander Freeland & Co. London were the owners of the ‘Caspian’ a steam cargo ship built 1894. Arthur Douse was the Master of the ‘Caspian’ when on a voyage from Antofagasta to Savona, with a cargo of nitrate, she was torpedoed by U-34 & sank 3.5 miles East of Cape Cervera, Alicante with the loss of 25 of her crew.


Arthur’s widow, Kate Douse, received from the Admiralty a certificate of commendation granted to Arthur for zeal and devotion to duty in carrying on the trade of the country during the war.


Merchant Navy / Mercantile Marine. Both services suffered heavy losses from German U-boat attacks, enemy ships and under water mines. U-boats sank 7,759,090 tons, with the loss of 14,660+ merchant seafarers 2,479 British merchant vessels and 675 British fishing vessels were lost. The sea trade was important to the war effort supplying food and materials as well as arms around the globe. The Mercantile Marine War Medal was instituted by the Board of Trade and approved by the King George V.


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