Wednesday 20 February 1918 We Lost 256
British troops occupy Khan Abu Rayat on the Euphrates fourteen miles from Ramadic and patrols advance to within ten miles of Hit.
Two British steamers are sunk and suffer casualties on this day. SS Djerv (Master Ernest Edward Bonner) is sunk by U86 when she is torpedoed while in ballast 12 miles north by northwest of the Skerries, Anglesea. Her master is one of the two casualties being killed at age 38. Signaller A B Webster age 33 and Greaser T Wood (S S Huntsmoor) are killed along with eighteen fellow crewmen when their ship is sunk by a submarine twenty-three miles southwest from the Owers Light Vessel.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant A B Anstey (Royal Flying Corps) is accidentally killed at age 20 at home. He is the son of the Reverend J C Knight Anstey.