William Frederick Greaves Born 1886 - Died 24 September 1917 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number57068 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeWW1 AWMMPrivate AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Lay a poppy Gravestone, Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery (photo Mrs Kyle 2000) … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesWilliam Frederick AWMM SurnameGreaves AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number57068 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth1886 AWMM Place of birthNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesNew Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW1 AWMMFarm hand AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkationMrs Hannah Greaves (mother), Maharahara, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 26 July 1917 AWMMSingle AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number57068 AWMM Military units Military service Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW1 AWMMUnknown AWMM Age on enlistmentWW1 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 AWMM26 July 1917 AWMMWellington, New Zealand AWMM26 Jul 1917-24 September 1917 AWMMHMNZT 90 AWMMPlymouth, Devon, England, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Province, Republic of South Africa AWMMPort of Call, Depart - 26 Jul 1917, Arrival - 24 Sep 1917 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW1 AWMM26 July 1917 AWMMUlimaroa AWMMRifleman 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 AWMMPrivate AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › William Greaves was the son of Crawford Smith Greaves and Hannah Greaves, later of Paraparaumu, 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 death30 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 Contribute › Cemetery namePlymouth (Efford) Cemetery, Devon, England AWMM Grave referenceCl. C. 4279. AWMM Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameWoodville War Memorial, Fountaine Square, Woodville, New Zealand AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember William Frederick Greaves by laying a poppy. William Greaves William Greaves William Frederick Greaves Reinhold Hall Gredig Walter John Greed Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of William Frederick Greaves Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources UsedBirths, Deaths and Marriages (New Zealand) Historical Records onlinehttps://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nzSources UsedMilitary personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=16788465Archives NZWoodville Pioneer Museum, 1079 McLean Street, Woodvillehttp://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3100Further 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 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 Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.