H.M. Drifter "Ocean Sunlight" struck a mine on the 13th June 1940, just off the coast outside Newhaven, East Sussex. The "Ocean Sunlight" was originally a fishing trawler and she was requisitioned for war service in November 1939 and converted for minesweeping duties. On the evening of 13th June 1940 she was returning to Newhaven Harbour. When she was about 800 yards off shore she hit a mine, exploded and sank. The initial reports show that eight crew members died and five were rescued alive.Portsmouth Evening News - Saturday 15 June 1940STOP PRESS
- HM Trawlers Myrtle and Ocean Sunrise sunk by enemy mines. Official. Feared no survivors Myrtle. Eight ratings missing presumed lost from Ocean Sunlight.
There are a number of similar newspaper reports to this one but none seem to expand much more.
The Naval-History-net shows ten casualties ( I have added their burial / commemoration locations myself ) BALSTER, Cyril L, 2nd Hand, RNPS, LT/JX 198887, killed (Ramsgate Cemetery)
BELCHER, Thomas C W, Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 166982, killed (Lowestoft Naval Memorial)
COWIE, John, Engineman, RNPS, LT/109821, killed (Lowestoft Naval Memorial)
CROSTON, Harry, Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 167018, killed (Lowestoft Naval Memorial)
DICKSON, Peter, Engineman, RNPS, LT/KX 101616, killed (Lowestoft Naval Memorial) KINLEY, William E, Seaman, RNPS, LT/JX 174488, killed (Saints Simon and Jude Church, East Dean, East Sussex)
LATHAM, Albert E, Able Seaman, C/SSX 21381, killed (Chatham Naval Memorial)
MCCONDACH, Charles J, Engineman, RNPS, LT/KX 100143, killed (Lowestoft Naval Memorial) ROBERTS, Albert V, Seaman Cook, RNPS, LT/JX 165050, killed (Seaford Cemetery) SCARLETT, Leonard A, Leading Signalman, P/JX 137452 (on books of H.M.S. Boscawen), killed (Newhaven Cemetery)