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

8th May 1918

On this day:

  • More gas attacks   59th Heavy Artillery Brigade

    30th & 350th SB's again heavily shelled with gas and HE. Apparently 3 batteries were firing at them from different positions.

    War Diaries

  • U-Boat Index - WW1   SM U-118

    Type UE 2 Shipyard Vulcan, Hamburg (Werk 92) Ordered 27 May 1916 Launched 23 Feb 1918 Commissioned 8 May 1918

    8 May 1918 - 11 Nov 1918 Herbert Stohwasser

    Career 1 patrols.
    start date unknown - 11 Nov 1918 I Flotilla

    Successes 2 ships sunk with a total of 10,439 tons.

    • 16 Sep 1918 U 118 Herbert Stohwasser Wellington 5,600 br
    • 2 Oct 1918 U 118 Herbert Stohwasser Arca 4,839 br

    Fate 23 Feb 1919 - Surrendered. To have been transferred to France, but the tow parted and she went aground off Hastings on April 15, 1919. Broken up .

    There was another U 118 in World War Two.
    That boat was launched from its shipyard on 23 Sep 1941 and commissioned into the Kriegsmarine on 6 Dec 1941.

    John Doran

  • Naval Action - 8th May 1918   The Action of 8 May 1918 was a small naval engagement which occurred off Algiers, North Africa during World War I. In the action, an American armed yacht and a British destroyer encountered the German U-boat UB-70. Initially, the engagement was thought to be inconclusive, but later on the allied warships were credited with sinking the German submarine.

    On 16 April, the German U-boat UB-70—under Kapitänleutnant Johannes Remy—left her home port in Germany for the Mediterranean Sea at the end of World War I. Her mission was to conduct unrestricted submarine warfare operations against allied supply lanes, primarily against Italian merchantmen. Little is known about the disappearance of UB-70 except that she was in operation against an allied supply convoy somewhere near Algiers, Algeria. At about 1700 on 8 May 1918, the American armed yacht USS Lydonia, under Richard P. McCullough, and the British destroyer HMS Basilisk were protecting a convoy from Bizerte to Gibraltar. They encountered UB-70 lining up for a shot at the British merchant ship SS Ingleside. The Central Powers submarine fired torpedoes and at least one hit the civil vessel. Ingleside burst into flames and immediately began to sink. The merchant ship was manned by an unknown number of crew, some of whom were killed or wounded, and some went down with the ship. The survivors waited for rescue on deck of their sinking ship or in the water. Ingleside went down and by 1735 the protecting allied warships spotted the submarine. According to post-war accounts, either USS Lydonia or HMS Basilisk rammed the U-boat when it began to submerge and flee. A running battle ensued for fifteen minutes. The allied warships were coordinated and together dropped several well placed depth charges on the fleeing enemy submarine until a slight oil slick began to emerge.


    After assuming they had sunk the enemy U-boat, Lydonia and Basilisk proceeded hastily to the wreck of Ingleside. The British and American vessels rescued some survivors and took them to a friendly port, probably Algiers. At first the incident was listed as an inconclusive contact, but after the war the authorities realized that UB-70 had not been heard from for months, and the American and British vessels received honours for their victory. The action off Africa became one of the few confirmed sinkings of a German U-boat by an American vessel during their shorter participation in the naval war. UB-70 was also the only vessel known to have been sunk by an American vessel in Mediterranean waters during the conflict.

    John Doran

  • 13th Londons near Arras   The 13th Battalion London Regiment are around Neuville Vitasse, outside Arras.


    A & B Coy’s working. C & D Coy’s training.

    The National Archives Reference WO95/2361/1

  • 8th May 1918 Musketry

  • 8th May 1918 Training

  • 8th of May 1918 Enemy More Active

  • 8th May 1918 Reliefs Completed

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Remembering those who died this day.

  • Lt. Russell Stanley Brown. 34th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Pte. Frederick Ernest Bruce. 34th Btn. Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Edward Budd. MC and Bar. Army Service Corps 116th Coy. 12th Div Train Read their Story.
  • L/Sjt. Frank Mason Jenkins. MM. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 9th Battalion Read their Story.
  • 2nd Lt. Albert Edward Lester. MC London Regiment 13th Btn. Read their Story.
  • Gunner Charles Morton. Royal Field Artillery 251st Brigade, D Battery
  • L/Sgt. Fredrick Richard Quilty. MID Rifle Brigade 13th Battalion
  • Mjr. Thomas Henderson Weir. MC. Royal Engineers 526(1st Durham) Field Coy. Read their Story.

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