Chudleigh Inwood Kirton Unknown date of birth - 24 September 1917 Key details Contribute › Service number56795 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeWW1 AWMMPrivate AWMMNew Zealand Infantry AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Report Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Headstone, Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery (photo Mrs Kyle 2000) … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesChudleigh Inwood AWMM SurnameKirton AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number56795 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW1 AWMMFarmer AWMM Post war occupation Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkationRobert Kirton (father)Parnell StreetFitzroyNew PlymouthTaranakiNew Zealand AWMM Relationship status Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number56795 AWMM Military units Military service Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW1 AWMMUnknown AWMM Age on enlistmentWW1 AWMM Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 AWMM26 July 1917 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM26 Jul 1917-24 September 1917 AWMMHMNZT 90 AWMMPlymouthDevonEnglandCape of Good HopeCape ProvinceRepublic of South Africa AWMMPort of CallDepart - 26 Jul 1917Arrival - 24 Sep 1917 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW1 AWMM26 July 1917 AWMMNew Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMMReinforcements H Company (part) AWMMUlimaroa AWMMRifleman AWMM Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notesAccidental DeathCause of Death AWMMAccidental death on active service AWMM Report Discharge Contribute › DischargeWW1 AWMMPrivate AWMMNew Zealand Infantry AWMM Report Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Chudleigh Kirton was the son of Robert and Frances Kirton, of Parnell St., Fitzroy, 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 Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death21 AWMM Date of death24 September 1917 AWMM Cause of deathAccidental Death AWMM Place of deathBere FerrersDevonEngland AWMM Death notesBere FerrersDevonshireEngland AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery namePlymouth (Efford) CemeteryDevonEngland AWMM Grave referenceChurch C. 4877. AWMM Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameNew Plymouth Boy's High School memorial gateNew PlymouthNew Zealand AWMMBere Ferrers ParrishDevonmemorial tablet AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Report Roll of Honour Remember Chudleigh Inwood Kirton by laying a poppy. William Kirshaw Francis James Kirtland Chudleigh Inwood Kirton David Henry Kirton Henry Sheath Kirton Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Chudleigh Inwood Kirton Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources UsedMilitary personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=18057717Archives NZAuckland 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: 34 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 Report Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.