Terry Cummins (above)
will remember his Grand Uncle Leading Stoker William David Windebank lost on Submarine C33 0n the 4th August 1915
Leading Stoker William David Windebank
Birth 21st October 1888
Death 5 Aug 1915
Burial Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England
Lost at Sea; name is listed at Panel 8.
Memorial ID 56710245 •
HMS C33 was built by HM Dockyard Chatham. She was laid down on 29 March 1909 and was commissioned on 13 August 1910. C33 was involved in the U-Boat trap tactic. The tactic was to use a decoy trawler to tow a submarine. When a U-boat was sighted, the tow line and communication line was slipped and the submarine would attack the U-boat. The tactic was partly successful, but it was abandoned after the loss of two C class submarines. In both cases, all the crew were lost.
C33 was one of the two C class submarines lost while employing this tactic. She was mined off Great Yarmouth while operating with the armed trawler Malta on 4 August 1915 with the loss of all hands.