The RMS Arabia a P&O passenger liner is torpedoed by the German submarine UB-43 112 miles west by south from the Greek peninsula Cape Matapan. She is on a homeward bound journey from Fremantle. Eleven members of the crew are killed. One hundred eighty-seven Australians are on board the Arabia, and the sinking helps surge volunteer enlistment in the Australian armed forces.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Clarence Lofton Mason Wilkinson (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Joseph Wilkinson.
- Second Lieutenant Gilbert Alexander Goody (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend Charles James Goody and has a brother who will be killed in July 1918.
- Corporal Ernest Gray (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed on Salonika at age 24. His brother was killed less than two months ago.
- Private Charles Fillis (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed at age 42. His brother will be killed in May 1918.