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Sidney Ennis West

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  • Service number
    54624 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    New Zealand Infantry AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Headstone, Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery (photo Mrs Kyle 2000) - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sidney Ennis AWMM
  • Surname
    West AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    54624 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW1 Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs F.H. Sampson (aunt), Sentry Hill, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
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Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    54624 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
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Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 26 Jul 1917-24 September 1917 AWMM to Plymouth, Devon, England AWMM HMNZT 90 AWMM
    Vessel was Ulimaroa AWMM
    Private AWMM
    28th Reinforcements, Otago Infantry Regiment, D Company AWMM
    New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Accidental death on active service AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    New Zealand Infantry AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private West was the brother of Mr. W.H. West, of Warea, New Zealand.

    Ten privates, serving in the 1NZEF (28th Reinforcements) were killed in Bere Ferrers Railway Station while getting out of the Troop Train on September 24 1917. They had just landed at Plymouth and were on their way to join their comrades on Salisbury Plain for preliminary training. The accident happened when a trainful of NZ troops who had just arrived in the country left Friary Station, Plymouth at 3pm. At 3.50 the train approached Bere Ferrers. The soldiers were raw, sick, tired and above all hungry, having eaten breakfast at 6am. They had been told that food would be provided on the journey. The arrangement was that when the train made its first stop at Exeter, two men from each carriage would carry provisions from the brake-van together with cups of tea and buns provided by the Mayoress' Comforts Fund. When the train made an unscheduled stop at Bere Ferrers, men in the rear section of the train decided that this must be Exeter, and breaking the rule of two from each carriage, jumped down. Some of them spilled onto the down-line track, just as the Waterloo -to- Plymouth Express rounded the sharp curve on its entry into Bere Ferrers. Although the fireman shouted a warning, and the train driver applied the brakes, the train pulled up about 400m beyond the station. Nine soldiers died instantly and another died the following morning in Tavistock Hospital. The inquest revealed that the men had got out of the train in the wrong side simply because they had assumed the door of entry was the correct door to exit by. Information was supplied by Mrs Kyle (England). The people of Bere Ferrers Parish and other admirers have erected a tablet in honor and memory of Private West and the nine others killed that day. The tablet is in appreciation of their loyalty and self-sacrifice in coming from their far-off homes to fight for England in the Great War for the Freedom of the World. AWMM
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Death

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  • Age at death
    21 AWMM
  • Date of death
    24 September 1917 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Accidental Death AWMM
  • Place of death
    Bere Ferrers, Devon, England AWMM
  • Death notes
    Bere Ferrers, Devonshire, England AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery, Devon, England AWMM
  • Grave reference
    Church C. 4875. AWMM
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