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William Frederick Greaves

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Gravestone, Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery (photo Mrs Kyle 2000) - No known copyright restrictions

Gravestone, Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery (photo Mrs Kyle 2000) - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Greaves AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 57068 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1886 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Hannah Greaves (mother), Maharahara, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 26 July 1917 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 57068 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

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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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    24 September 1917 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    Bere FerrersDevon AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery, Devon, England AWMM Cl. C. 4279. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Woodville War Memorial, Fountaine Square, Woodville, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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