Arthur DICKINSON 1910 – 1940

Able Seaman Arthur Dickinson, Merchant Navy S.S. Malrix died 17 December 1940 aged 29.  He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London[1] and the West Auckland War Memorial.

Family Details

Arthur Dickinson was born 1910/11, the son of Francis William and Elizabeth Dickinson.[2]

Service Details

The merchant navy career of Arthur Dickinson has not been researched.

17 December 1940 Tuesday:  Ships of 2 coastal convoys ran into a minefield in the Thames Estuary off Southend.  Five cargo ships were sunk: [3]

  1. SS Iver [1543t] Blyth to Cowes with coal. 14 crew lost
  2. SS Malrix [703t] Hull to London with coal. 6 crew lost
  3. SS Beneficent [2944t] Sunderland to London with coal. 6 crew lost
  4. SS Aqueity [370t] 2 crew lost
  5. SS Belvedere [869t] London for the Tyne. 4 crew lost

Crew aboard SS. Malrix were: [4]

  1. Dickinson Arthur Able Seaman, aged 29
  2. Mackay John Henry aged 56 Mate of Withernsea, Yorkshire
  3. Sayle Henry aged 62, Fireman of Hull
  4. Smith Raymond aged 20, Able Seaman of Hull
  5. Straw Albert Edward aged 48 Master of Auchincloich, Memorial: Kilsyth Cemetery
  6. Wadsworth Ralph, aged 23 Fireman of Hull
  7. Wright Robert aged 32 Boatswain of Hull

Another reference confirms that 7 crew died.[5]


Able Seaman Arthur Dickenson was lost at sea or was killed by the mine blast and is commemorated at Panel 67, the Tower Hill Memorial, London which commemorates almost 24,000 merchant seamen who lost their lives during the Second World War [6] and West Auckland War Memorial.


[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] I could not trace any records.

[3] https://ne-diary.genuki.uk/Inc/ISeq_11.html

[4] https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?73032

[5] UK Shipping and Seamen WW1 & WW2 Rolls of Honour 1914-1945.  The record states his age as 30, CWGC states 29.

[6] Commonwealth War Graves Commission