William Simon Gillanders Unknown date of birth - Died 24 September 1917 PDF Print Share Key details Service number55050 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Last rankWW1 Private AWMMNew Zealand Infantry AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Lay a poppy Headstone, Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery (photograph Mrs Kyle 2 … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesWilliam Simon AWMM SurnameGillanders AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number55050 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Report › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Occupation before enlistmentWW1 Sheep farmer AWMM Post war occupation Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkationMrs M.A. Gillanders (wife), 1 Rugby Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 26 Jul 1917 Married AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number55050 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW1 Unknown AWMM Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 26 Jul 1917-24 September 1917 AWMM to Plymouth, Devon, England AWMM HMNZT 90 AWMMVessel was Ulimaroa AWMMRifleman AWMMReinforcements J Company AWMMNew Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesAccidental Death, Cause of Death AWMMAccidental death on active service AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankWW1 Private AWMMNew Zealand Infantry AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death36 AWMM Date of death24 September 1917 AWMM Cause of deathAccidental Death AWMM Place of deathBere Ferrers, Devon, England AWMM Death notesBere Ferrers, Devonshire, England AWMM Cemetery namePlymouth (Efford) Cemetery, Devon, England AWMM Grave referenceGeneral C. 4273. AWMM Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember William Simon Gillanders by laying a poppy. Vincent Francis Gillanders William Duncan Gillanders William Simon Gillanders Benson Gillard Charles Everett Gillard Lay a poppy for 2016 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of William Simon Gillanders Leave a note Contribute › Processing Remembering and grateful to your contribution during WW1, tragically killed before ever reaching the frontline Public - Becky - Other Relative - 22 April 2015 Report Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources UsedMilitary personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=16786115Further ReferenceAuckland Weekly News 27 September 1917 p 44http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sooty/awn27sep1917.htmlFurther ReferenceThe Bere Ferrers Rail Accident, 24 September 1917. (1917, October 4). Auckland Weekly News, p. 59.http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sooty/bere.htmlFurther ReferenceFamNet: The Family History Network record pagehttp://famnet.net.nz/login_pages/Cenotaph.aspx?Systemid=C5522Further Reference DocumentsNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM69: 36 AWMMChronicles of the N.Z.E.F. AWMMChronicles of the NZEF 3 October 1917, p.83. An account of the accident that resulted in the death of nine New Zealanders. AWMM Contributors Processing Command item Command item Add new record Refresh DateNameLocationRelationshipContact 13 January 2016Online CenotaphAuckland, New ZealandResearcher 22 April 2015BeckyAuckland, New ZealandOther Relative Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.