Arthur Charles Andrews

Date of birth: 1881
Place of birth: Not known
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Waiter
Vessel: HMHS Asturias
Service: Mercantile Marine
Died: 1917 aged 36 or 37 years
Death location: English Channel


Life Before The War
Arthur was born in 1881, one of 4 children all born in Southampton to parents William Thomas and Frances Mary, nee Loving.

William was born in Swindon in 1853 and died in Southampton in 1939 at 88 years of age.  Frances was born 1852 in Southampton and died in 1929 at the age of 77 in Southampton. They were married in Southampton in 1878.  The family lived at 85 Stafford Road. Southampton.

Arthur had 2 sisters and 1 brother:

Frederick born in 1879 and died 1881

Ethel F born in 1883

Gertrude born in 1890

In the census of 1891 Arthur was living at his grandparents house at 5 Argyle Road, St Mary’s, Southampton, with his mother, siblings and cousins.  His father’s occupation was a Marine Engineer.

Arthur is not on the census of 1901 which would indicate that he was at sea.  In this year his parents and siblings were living at St Denys.

In the census of 1911 Arthur is again not included on the census but his parents were living at Haselmere, Leighton Road, Southampton.

War Service
Arthur served on HMHS Asturias and died on 21st March 1917.  He is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial and the Southampton Cenotaph Wall.  He was buried on 28th March 1917 at Southampton Old Cemetery – grave R112-98.  Also buried in the grave are his mother, father and brother Frederick.

He was awarded the Mercantile Marine Medal.

HMHS Asturias was built in 1907 as a cruise ship on the Southampton to Buenos Aires run.  When war broke out she was requisitioned by the Admiralty, converted and operated as a hospital ship making regular crossings to France.  She also served in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Dardanelles Campaign returning wounded back to the United Kingdom.

In March 1917 after landing her wounded back to Avonmouth she was attacked by a German Submarine and struck by a torpedoe which blew off her stern killing 35 of her crew.  She was declared a total loss and her hull was put to use as a floating ammunition store at Plymouth for the rest of the war.   Remarkably her hulk was repurchased by the Royal Mail Line in 1920 and rebuilt as a cruise liner.  She was renamed Arcadian and operated on cruising in the Mediterranean and West Indies until 1930.  She was finally scrapped in 1933.

15 of her crew are buried in Southampton.


Researcher: Shaun Connolly
Published: June 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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