Son of Cyril and Agnes Cottier of Wallasey.
Douglas was an apprentice on the M.V Seaforth. Built in 1939 by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd, Dundee, she was owned by Elder Dempster Line Ltd, Liverpool.
On February 18th, 1941 the M.V Seaforth was returning from Monrovia, Liberia with a cargo of West African produce, she was travelling alone when she was attacked by U103 captained by Viktor Schutze 300 miles south of Iceland. The ship had been spotted in heavy seas at 13.55 hours. The U-boat fired three torpedoes, the first torpedo at 21.30 hours missed, the next struck amidships and third hitting the stern. The U-boat observed that lifeboats were launched after the first hit, but she sank quickly with the loss of all those on board (47 crew 2 gunners and 10 passengers)
Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank Victoria Cottier for the picture of Douglas.