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Hartlepool seafarers lost at sea

Coulson, Thomas S.

Durham Street, Hartlepool
South Shields

Lost on the steam trawler Doris Burton, of Hartlepool.

Thomas Smith Coulson was probably born in South Shields in 1876, son of Matthew, a coal trimmer and Mary Jane Coulson nee Ruddy, who were also born in South Shields and were married in 1891.

In 1901 they are living at 8 Garwood Street, South Shields . Thomas is 25 and a Labourer in the Iron Foundry. His wife is recorded as Polly who was 26 and they have a son Robert aged 6, all were born in South Shields . Robert is Robert Jackson Coulson and he was born in 1895.

 In 1911 Thomas and his family are living at Durham Street , Hartlepool . Thomas is a sea going engineer, in trawling. Mary  states she has been married 18 years and had two children, one had died. Robert J is 16 and an office boy in a Ship Brokers'.

 Thomas S. Coulson died 21st November 1917 on the SS Doris Burton when she was hit by a mine.