Mrs Ada Julia Elizabeth Doling

Ada Julia Elizabeth Doling

Ada Julia Elizabeth Doling (nee Bone), 34, was born in the Isle of Wight on 9 September 1877 the daughter of William Bone (1847-) and Julia Sarah (nee Whittingstall, 1852-1936).

In 1898 she married John Thomas Doling.  He managed the Atlantic Hotel, 151 Albert Road, Southampton. and they lived at 33 Canute Road, Southampton.1

She boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger together with John's sister Elsie Doling.

Mrs Doling was travelling to New York to visit her mother Julia Bone at 144 East 52th Street, her mother having moved to New York in 1905 with other members of the family.  Ada and Elsie held ticket number 231919, price: £23.  Ada may have been pregnant at the time.2

Titanic Promenade Deck Doling
Elsie, Ada and unidentified male passenger on the Titanic.
Courtesy of Gunter Babler

Mrs Doling and her relative were rescued by the Carpathia. On board, she tried to send a telegram to Southampton, but it was not transmitted, because of the operators' workload.

Express, Southampton, England Ada Elsie safe

They returned to England on board the Philadelphia on 11 May 1912.

Ada had five children John Thomas P. Doling (1899-1955), William Doling (1902-2003), Reginald S E A Doling (1903-1925), Victor Doling (born 1906) and Ida Julia Augusta Doling (30 Jan 1913 - 9 Oct 1981).

Ada's husband John Thomas died 1st April 1938.

Ada died in Southampton on 11 April 1962 she was cremated and her ashes were scattered at South Stoneham Cemetery in the Garden of Rest (section 7).


  1. The emigrant's home, Albert Road, Southampton was built in 1894-5 by Elsie's Doling's father John Doling; in 1901 it was managed by the father of Titanic survivor Bentley harold Neal at which time it was called the Soldier's and Sailors Institute.  John Thomas (Ada's husband) was the manager in 1912, living round the corner at 33 Canute Road. (source: directories, newspapers)
    The First World War closed the port of Southampton to Commercial shipping, and the Hotel closed in 1916, when the building became offices for British American Tobacco. It is now flats and known as Atlantic mansions.
  2. Her daughter Ida was born 30 January 1913, 9 months and 15 days after the sinking.  Given that John T. Doling did not travel with them to America, and assuming he was the father, it can be speculated that either Ada was pregnant on the Titanic and Ida was overdue, or she conceived after Ada's return and the baby was premature.

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References and Sources

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York;
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer
At Port of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National
Archives, NWCTB-85-T715-Vol. 4183.
United States Senate (62nd Congress), Subcommittee Hearings of the Committee on Commerce, Titanic Disaster, Washington 1912.
John Booth & Sean Coughlan (1993) Titanic Signals of Disaster. White Star Publicatons, Westbury, Wiltshire. ISBN 0-9518190-11
Dave Bryceson (1997) The Titanic Disaster: As Reported in the British National Press April-July 1912. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN-1-85260-579-0
Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima (1997) Titanic Voices: Memories from the Fateful Voyage, Sutton Publishing, Southampton City Council. ISBN 0 7509 1436
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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(2019) Ada Julia Elizabeth Doling Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #400, updated 20th November 2019 12:14:11 PM)