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Alfred James Bensley, Deck Hand H.M. Trawler "Miura".


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Alfred James Bensley, born Gorleston 1898 and served aboard H.M. Trawler "Miura" as Deck Hand DA4397 Royal Naval Reserve.

Killed in action when torpedoed by German submarine U2 off Great Yarmouth 23rd August 1915.

A previous forum topic has full details of H.M. Trawler "Miura". I would like to discover more about the part "Miura" played in an action in May 1915 when she in company with other Patrol boats took part in an action against 2 German torpedo boats which resulted in the loss of "Columbia".

Can any member please advise.

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German World War I submarines were numbered in three series: U (larger torpedo-attack and minelayers), UB (smaller torpedo-attack), and UC (smaller minelayers). The submarine that sank Miura was the small torpedo-attack boat UB 2, not the larger U 2.

As for the May 1, 1915 action, start with Naval Staff Monograph #13, pages 224 and 225, available here: http://www.navy.gov.au/media-room/publications/world-war-i-naval-staff-monographs

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Thank you Michael.

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