Monday 4 February 1918 We Lost 248

HMS Zubian

The destroyer HMS Zubian (Lieutenant H J Hartnoll) sinks the submarine UC-50 in the English Channel, near Dover.  This vessel was commissioned in June 1917 after two destroyers had been badly damaged in late 1916 by joining the forward end of HMS Zulu and the aft end of HMS Nubian between the third and fourth funnels at Chatham dockyard.

The Cunard steamship Aurania is struck by a torpedo fired by the German submarine UB-67 some fifteen miles north west of Inistrahull, off the coast of Donegal.  Nine crewmembers are killed in the explosion. A trawler takes the ship in tow but it becomes stranded near Tobermory on the Isle of Mull and rough seas soon break up the ship.

The Drysdale Commission of the Halifax explosion makes its report.  It places full blame on the French captain of the Mont Blanc and the local harbormaster on board for failing to follow international rules of the road in the Narrows.  Though both will be charged with manslaughter, charges will be later dropped.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • A family that will lose two sons in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Wilfrid Randall Clarke (Royal Field Artillery attached Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 26. He is the son of Richard Feaver Clarke JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Percy Arthur Bertram Lytton (Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 25. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Henry Alfred Lytton.
  • Lance Corporal George R Marsh (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 30. His brother was killed in October 1914.