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William Simon Gillanders

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  • Service number
    55050 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 (photograph Mrs Kyle 2000) - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Simon AWMM
  • Surname
    Gillanders AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    55050 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 Sheep farmer AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.A. Gillanders (wife), 1 Rugby Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 26 Jul 1917 Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    55050 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

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
    Rifleman AWMM
    Reinforcements J Company AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM

Prisoner of war

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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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  • William Gillanders was the husband of M. A. Gillanders, of 1, Rugby St., Christchurch, 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). AWMM
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Death

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  • Age at death
    36 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
    General C. 4273. AWMM
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  • Remembering and grateful to your contribution during WW1, tragically killed before ever reaching the frontline
    Public - Becky - Other Relative - 22 April 2015

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