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The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War - Day by Day



4th November 1916

On this day:


  • Trench Mortars Silenced   236th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery report that at about 1620 the enemy fired some trench mortars on Crab Crawl but was stopped by the retaliation of C180 Battery.

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-20

    Type U 19 Shipyard Kaiserliche Werft, Danzig (Werk 14) Ordered 25 Nov 1910 Laid down 7 Nov 1911 Launched 18 Dec 1912 Commissioned 5 Aug 1913.
    Commanders.
    5 Aug 1913 - 15 Dec 1914 Otto Dröscher 16 Dec 1914 - 4 Nov 1916 Walther Schwieger

    Career 7 patrols 1 Aug 1914 - 4 Nov 1916 III Flotilla.
    Successes 37 ships sunk with a total of 145,830 tons. 2 ships damaged with a total of 2,643 tons. (View ships hit by U 20)

    • 30 Jan 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Ikaria 4,335 br
    • 30 Jan 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Oriole 1,489 br
    • 30 Jan 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Tokomaru 6,084 br
    • 7 Mar 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Bengrove 3,840 br
    • 9 Mar 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Princess Victoria 1,108 br
    • 11 Mar 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Florazan 4,658 br
    • 5 May 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Earl Of Lathom 132 br
    • 6 May 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Candidate 5,858 br
    • 6 May 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Centurion 5,495 br
    • 7 May 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Lusitania 30,396 br
    • 8 Jul 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Marion Lightbody 2,176 ru
    • 9 Jul 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Ellesmere 1,170 br
    • 9 Jul 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Leo 2,224 ru
    • 9 Jul 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Meadowfield 2,750 br
    • 13 Jul 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Lennok 1,142 ru
    • 2 Sep 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Roumanie 2,599 br
    • 3 Sep 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Frode 1,875 da
    • 4 Sep 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Hesperian 10,920 br
    • 5 Sep 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Dictator 4,116 br
    • 5 Sep 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Douro 1,604 br
    • 5 Sep 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Rhea 1,145 ru
    • 6 Sep 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Guatemala 5,913 fr
    • 7 Sep 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Bordeaux 4,604 fr
    • 7 Sep 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Caroni 2,652 br
    • 8 Sep 1915 U 20 Walther Schwieger Mora 3,047 br
    • 30 Apr 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Bakio 1,906 sp
    • 1 May 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Bernadette 486 fr
    • 2 May 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Ruabon 2,004 br
    • 3 May 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Marie Molinos 1,946 fr
    • 6 May 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Galgate 2,356 br
    • 8 May 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Cymric 13,370 br
    • 1 Aug 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Aaro 2,603 br
    • 29 Aug 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Ibo (damaged) 397 pt
    • 26 Sep 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Thelma 1,002 br
    • 18 Oct 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Ethel Duncan 2,510 br
    • 23 Oct 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Arromanches 1,640 fr
    • 23 Oct 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Chieri 4,400 it
    • 23 Oct 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Felix Louis 275 fr
    • 26 Oct 1916 U 20 Walther Schwieger Fabian(damaged) 2,246 br

    Fate 4 Nov 1916 - Grounded at 5633N 0808E on the Danish coast and blown up by her crew the next day.

    On 7 May, 1915 U 20 (Kptlt. Walther Schwieger) torpedoed the British liner RMS Lusitania. She sank in 18 minutes, taking 1195 lives with her, including 123 Americans. This sinking pushed the Americans slightly closer to declaring war on Germany, but that would not take place until April 1917.

    There was another U 20 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 14 Jan 1936 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 1 Feb 1936.

  • 4th November 1916 Brigade staff ride and training

  • 4th November 1916 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy War Diary

  • 4th Nov 1916 Little Time to Oneself

  • 4th Nov 1916 Artillery In Action

  • 4th Nov 1916 Working Parties

  • 4th Nov 1916 Heavy Bombardment

  • 4th Nov 1916 Quiet

  • 4th Nov 1916 On the March





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Remembering those who died this day.

  • S/Sgt. Joseph Frederick Allen. Royal Engineers 34th Signal Coy Read their Story.
  • Rflm. Robert Loveless Barker. London Regiment (City of London Rifles), 1/6th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Spr. George Devaney. Royal Engineers 438th (1st Cheshire) Field Coy.
  • Pte. Harry MacDonald. West Yorkshire Regiment 12th Btn. Read their Story.

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